Gove tipped to QUIT as an MP with crunch by-election alert sounded in major blow to Truss

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The political heavyweight, who has served almost continuously in the Cabinet since 2010, announced he was stepping down from frontline politics earlier this month. He launched a visceral attack on Liz Truss’s leadership campaign, describing her as being on “holiday from reality”. And now it looks like he is ready to deliver a hammer blow to the Foreign Secretary as she looks increasingly likely to gain the keys to Number 10.

Admitting he was unlikely to ever hold another Cabinet position, Mr Gove described serving in Government as “the privilege of my life”.

Reports are now swirling around Westminster that he is preparing for a return to journalism.

The Liberal Democrats are now scrambling to select a candidate for Mr Gove’s Surrey Heath seat in case he decides to resign from the House of Commons.

Applications to be the party’s candidate for the seat, which has been held by the incumbent since 2005, close tonight.

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“We don’t underestimate how hard we have to graft at every by-election.” understands the Lib Dems have already been working in the south of England, preparing for any potential general election.

An insider told this website that leaflets and other election material had been drawn up with a large focus on cost of living and energy bills.

They have been using the Tory leadership race as a chance to put a strategy of attack in place for a future ballot of Britons.

However, a Tory source rejected claims Mr Gove was on the brink of giving up his Commons seat.

“Sadly this is yet another example of Lib Dem dirty tricks,” they said.

“They’re more interested in playing politics than delivering for voters.

“Michael remains absolutely committed to his Surrey Heath constituents and has no plans to stand down.”

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