Brexiteer and all-round panto villain Michael Gove has splashed out £2 million on a four storey townhouse in Earls Court, West London.
After lengthy negotiations, the former cabinet minister opted to (Vote) Leave his home in Notting Hill and relocate to leafy Earls Court.
The property features a large open-plan kitchen dining room and a spacious double reception room which opens through French doors on to a beautiful garden terrace. The sale price is rumoured to have come in at around £2 million, setting Gove back a hefty £150,000 bill for stamp duty tax alone.
On the transaction, Mr. Gove said, “The current owners have impeccable taste, which is not something I am ever likely to be accused of. It is wonderful.”
Until he exchanged contracts on his new three-bedroom property, the beleaguered MP lived with his family in a £1.4 million Notting Hill house just a few hundred yards from ex-Prime Minister David Cameron. However, following Gove’s controversial decision to back Boris Johnson and the Brexit campaign in last June’s referendum, the relationship between the two is decidedly chilly.
Mr. Gove has allegedly bought the imposing Earls Court townhouse from the Director of The Goring hotel in London, David Morgan-Hewitt. After joining the hotel restaurant in 1990, Morgan-Hewitt rose through the ranks and is now the manager of the first ever hotel to be granted a Royal Warrant by The Queen.
The larger-than-life exec made headlines last year when he rushed to Her Majesty’s aid and escorted her from his hotel after an intruder disrupted her lunch.
The MP for Surrey Heath is no stranger to publically funded property development and design – over a five-month period between Dec 2005, and April 2006 he spent more than £7,000 on items for a semi-detached house in North Kensington. He claimed designer items from luxury retailers such as OKA were part of his Additional Costs Allowances (read: expenses). He subsequently switched the designation of his second home, enabling him to claim a further £13,000 to cover the stamp duty on a new £395,000 property near Guildford.
In between the house moves, Gove chose to stay at luxury hotel Pennyhill Park, charging the taxpayer more than £500 for a single night’s stay. How considerate.
After years of courting number 10, it appears to DMZ that Gove can only get so far as a replica of the famous Downing Street door – unfortunately for him it’s about 3 miles West of where he expected to be laying his head.
It looks like his family are settled in their new multi-million pound pad, but they still lag way behind other famous politicians – to see a real property empire look no further than Tony Blair: The Blair Rich Project.