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Gove: I thought Downing Street call was a Joly old wind-up

The new Environment Secretary returned to front-line politics less than a year after being sacked by Theresa May.

Michael Gove thought TV prankster Dom Joly was up to his old tricks when he received a call from Downing Street during the Cabinet reshuffle.

The new Environment Secretary returned to front-line politics less than a year after being sacked by Theresa May.

The former justice secretary was ditched by Mrs May in one of her first acts as Prime Minister after he effectively scuppered the Tory leadership hopes of Boris Johnson – his fellow Vote Leave campaigner – by withdrawing his support and announcing his own candidacy.

The Sunday Times reported that Mr Gove initially thought a phone call summoning him to Number 10 was a “wind-up”.

He then received a second call asking him to meet a civil servant near Whitehall.

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Comedian Dom Joly , of television's Trigger Happy TV, during the Brit Awards 2000 (PA)

Mr Gove told the paper: “I then thought this is a massive wind-up.

“Dom Joly has been rehired to do Trigger Happy TV and I will walk through the underpass and there will be a giant inflatable red box and they will say ‘Gotcha!’.”

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