Michael Gove 'left son alone' while he went out to party

Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove with his wife Sarah Vine Credit: PA

Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove is under fire for reportedly leaving his young son at a bed and breakfast while he and his wife went to a party.

The 11-year-old is said to have preferred to stay in and watch TV rather than go to the function where his father was later spotted on the dance floor.

Government guidelines advise that children under 12 are not left alone for a long period of time and if they are harmed in their absence parents can be prosecuted, however the "mature" boy was left under supervision by staff.

Mr Gove, the former education secretary and chief whip, notoriously launched a failed bid to lead the Tory party in the wake of the referendum that saw him betray his Brexit ally, Boris Johnson.

Michael Gove with former Brexit ally Boris Johnson Credit: PA

After keeping a low profile since the debacle the MP, 48, stepped out with journalist wife Sarah Vine to attend the event celebrating the end of the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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A spokesman for the family said:

"Michael and Sarah's son is a mature and confident secondary school pupil. He preferred to watch TV rather than go out to dinner.

"He was perfectly fine and staff at the 13-room hotel were happy to supervise. "The hotel where Michael, Sarah and their son were staying would know how to get in touch with them if anything distressing had occurred."

– Family spokesman

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