The Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson, has written to Theresa May asking if Rupert Murdoch asked her to reappoint Michael Gove to the cabinet or face bad press in his newspaper titles. Gove’s shock return as environment secretary comes a little over a year after May fired him as justice secretary following his ill-fated attempt to lead the Conservative party. He was immediately rehired by Rupert Murdoch’s Times, where he had worked as a columnist and book reviewer from 1996 to 2005 on a reported £150,000 a year. Gove became embroiled in scandal earlier this year over reports that Murdoch was in the room when Donald Trump gave his first post-election foreign newspaper interview in the UK to him. “I am writing to ask you about any influence Rupert Murdoch may have sought to exert over cabinet appointments,” said Watson, in a letter to May published on Monday. “Specifically, it has been suggested to me that Rupert Murdoch asked you to appoint Gove to the cabinet.” Watson questioned whether the Tories’ failure to secure a parliamentary majority may have led her to consider currying favour with the Murdoch press. “It might be tempting to allow yourself to be influenced by… Read full this story
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