Hilarious footage shows the Levelling Up Secretary, 54, arm in arm with Tom Tugendhat as he throws his finest shapes to a cover of the 1987 hit while wearing a suit and tie – just a month after his infamous night out in Aberdeen.
Newly-single Mr Gove, and Mr Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, are seen taking turns to spin each other as they go all out at the gathering – which is not usually known as a hotbed of hedonism.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson referenced Mr Gove’s disco moves at his conference speech today, branding him ‘Jon Bon Govi’ – prompting the minister to turn bright red.
Hilarious footage that emerged today shows the Levelling Up Secretary, 54, arm in arm with Tom Tugendhat as they spin and twirl each other to Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody
The pair are seen laughing as they dance together on the packed dance floor at the Tory conference in Manchester
Mr Gove was wearing a suit and tie for the energetic session, where he was seen hugging other revellers
Mr Gove first burst onto the party scene when he was spotted dancing seemingly alone in a suit with no tie at a techno night in Aberdeen over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
During a speech at the conference in Manchester earlier this week, Mr Gove came on stage to Abba’s Dancing Queen, and immediately made a reference to his earlier shenanigans – which were caught on camera.
He told the audience: ‘Here we are – bright lights – great atmosphere – enthusiastic young people. It reminds me of my last night out on the town Aberdeen.
‘Dance like nobody’s watching they say, well I did, but they were watching!’
After referencing his dancing exploits he told the conference audience: ‘I know many people have recently been asking why a middle aged man spent more than an hour, non-stop, unleashing a series of wildly un-coordinated gestures in front of a bewildered audience, who were left wondering if this was some sort of bizarre attempt to go back to the 80s.
‘But enough of Keir Starmer’s conference speech.’
Mr Gove is no stranger to the dance floor – he was seen partying away in Aberdeen – his home city – in videos posted on social media over the August bank holiday weekend
The Surrey Heath 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 in August.
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 – a claim he later denied.
Musician Emma Lament, who posted the videos to Instagram on Sunday, wrote in the captions that Mr Gove was ‘giving it big licks’ as he bopped to techno music.
In the videos, Mr Gove 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 happened to arrive on the Pipe club night, which is described as ‘an unpredictable mix of the most high energy UK and global club music scenes’.
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, columnist Sarah Vine, are to divorce.
He posed for pictures with several punters throughout the night and was still there at 2.30am, according to Lament.
The usually reserved minister was filmed throwing shapes on the dance floor at Bohemia in Aberdeen, pausing only to shake hands with fellow partygoers
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.
‘The Tories aren’t too popular in Scotland but people were generally quite nice to him,’ she said, adding: ‘It’s fair to say he’d had a good few shandies when he arrived at O’Neill’s.’
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.
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.
Source: Daily Mail UK