Michael Gove's clubbing comedown: Minister welcomes Irish deputy PM

Michael Gove gets back to work by hosting Irish deputy PM Leo Varadker in London in his first appearance since video of him dancing went viral

  • Michael Gove welcomed Irish deputy PM Leo Varadkar to his office this morning
  • It comes after the newly single Tory was filmed dancing at a club in Aberdeen
  • Mr Gove was back in his home town after announcing split from wife Sarah Vine

Michael Gove is officially back to work after being photographed dancing away to techno music at a club in Scotland.

The cabinet office minister welcomed the Irish deputy prime minister Leo Vardkar to his London office to discuss trade, business and jobs this morning.

Mr Vardkar shared the first official picture of the Tory MP back at work on social media this morning as he marked ‘the first in-person Irish trade mission to GB in two years’ before heading to a meeting with the London Stock Exchange.

It comes after Gove, a usually reserved politician, was seen partying away in Aberdeen in videos posted on social media over the bank holiday weekend.  

The MP, who recently announced his split from Daily Mail columnist wife Sarah Vine, was seen throwing shapes after visiting an O’Neill’s pub in the Granite City – where he is originally from.

He later went upstairs to Bohemia nightclub where he was filmed dancing to techno, after allegedly trying to swerve the £5 entry fee by telling door staff he was the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. 

Michael Gove (right) is officially back to work after his partying in Scotland last weekend as he welcomed Irish deputy PM Leo Varadkar (left) to his office this morning to discuss trade

The usually reserved politician was seen partying in Aberdeen in videos posted last weekend

The MP, who has announced his split from columnist wife Sarah Vine, was seen throwing shapes on the dancefloor of an O’Neill’s pub in the Scottish city of Aberdeen last week

The 54-year-old had also been snapped back in Westminster last week speaking with Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis in the side garden of Number 10 on Thursday. 

Musician Emma Lament, who posted the videos to Instagram on Sunday, wrote in the captions that newly-single Gove was ‘giving it big licks’ as he bopped to techno music.  

In the videos, Gove, dressed in a suit with no tie, can be seen jumping, two-stepping and waving his arms around to the music.

‘Is this real?’ one partygoer can be heard yelling over the music. 

The senior Tory MP reportedly turned up to O’Neill’s pub alone and was quickly adopted by local punters who urged him to join them in the club upstairs after last orders were called.

Gove then went upstairs to party for a dance night run by Pipe, which is described as ‘an unpredictable mix of the most high energy UK and global club music scenes’. 


The usually reserved minister, 54, was filmed throwing shapes on the dance floor at Bohemia in Aberdeen, pausing only to shake hands and take selfies with fellow partygoers last weekend

An Aberdeen native, Gove appeared to be enjoying a night on the tiles in his hometown following news last month that he and his wife of 20 years, Ms Vine, are to divorce. 

He posed for pictures with several punters throughout the night and was still there at 2.30am, according to Lament.

She told The Daily Record that Gove had appeared at O’Neill’s around 1.15am just as the pub was closing and appeared to be by himself. 

Once in the club, Gove appeared to be in his element, bopping along to the music and being treated to drinks by clubbers. 

‘He really was enjoying himself, I don’t think he left the dance floor the whole time I was there,’ Lament said.

‘People were buying him drinks but were also joking that he should be getting the rounds after he racked up £100,000 in expenses last year. 

An Aberdeen native, Gove appeared to be enjoying a night on the tiles in his hometown following news last month that he and his wife, Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine, are to divorce

Lament told The Daily Record that she was happy to see an MP backing Scotland’s nightlife, which has recently reopened after an extended closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

‘This was the last thing I expected to see on a Saturday night in Aberdeen.’ 

Pipe boss Adam Taylor claimed Gove tried to avoid the club night’s £5 entry fee. 

‘I was welcoming people at the door of O’Neill’s for the launch of Pipe, our new club night and art organisation, when Michael Gove, who had been drinking downstairs tried to walk past me upstairs without paying the entry fee,’ Taylor told The Daily Record.

‘He was saying he shouldn’t have to pay because he is the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.’

‘Feeling like it was a losing battle as he was already halfway up the stairs I asked him if he liked dance music.

Gove posed for pictures with punters and was still there at 2.30am, according to one reveller

‘I told him that my co-manager, Nina Stanger, was upstairs playing Jungle and going hard.

‘Michael said ‘I LOVE dancing’ and did he ever,’ Taylor said.

Gove’s enthusiasm was also picked up by Saturday night’s DJs who name-checked the MP in a statement thanking clubbers for coming out.  

‘Thanks to all the amazing people, and Michael Gove, who made it out for the first Pipe last night.

‘We had a great time going in for four hours straight. Definitely blew some cobwebs away.’

Meanwhile, Leo Varadkar has faced criticism after a photo emerged showing him at a music festival in London.

A photograph posted on Twitter shows the deputy PM at the Mighty Hoopla festival, which took place in the city on Saturday.

Anyone attending the festival was required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.

Leo Varadkar has faced criticism after a photo emerged showing him at a festival in London

Figures from the music industry expressed disappointment at the photo while some opposition politicians were also critical.

Mark Graham, who produces the Irish Music Industry Podcast, said: ‘Angry? Please let him and his colleagues who have crippled our entertainment industry know.’

He said Mr Varadkar’s appearance at the festival coincided with the weekend that Irish music festival Electric Picnic was originally meant to take place.

Gary Gannon, a Social Democrats TD, called the decision to attend ‘massively tone deaf’.

A spokesperson for Mr Varadkar said: ‘The Tanaiste is currently in the UK on private time where such events are allowed.

‘Festivals and concerts are permitted in Ireland from Monday. The Tanaiste is one of the strongest supporters of the events industry in Government.

‘He supported Electric Picnic going ahead and helped secure the reopening plan for concerts and other big events beginning on Monday with capacity limits and vaccination certificate moving to full capacity next month.

‘The industry has received over 100 million euro in financial support from Government, not including EWSS (employment wage subsidy scheme) and PUP (pandemic unemployment payment).’

Earlier this week, organisers of Electric Picnic confirmed the festival will not go ahead this year despite the planned easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Irish Government has embarked on a phased easing of Covid-19 restrictions that will see the majority of public health regulations removed by the end of October.

From Monday, restrictions on indoor venues will be eased, with larger crowds permitted.

Indoor venues will be able to use up to 60% of capacity when holding events for people who are double jabbed.

For outdoor events, 75 per cent of capacity will be available for vaccinated individuals.

Live music at weddings and pubs is also set to return from Monday.

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