Search

Michael Gove declares ‘I love my wife and the Ham&High’ on Hampstead free school visit

PUBLISHED: 13:58 04 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:00 04 July 2014

Michael Gove. Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

Michael Gove. Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Education secretary Michael Gove was full of praise for the Ham&High and his journalist wife Sarah Vine during a visit to Camden’s first-ever free school today.

The Conservative cabinet minister dropped into St Luke’s Church of England School, in Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead, this afternoon to find out how the primary school has progressed since its opening in September 2011.

Having toured the school and enjoyed a choir performance from pupils, Mr Gove made some time for questions before heading away from Hampstead.

The Department for Education (DfE) chief was unsurprisingly well-briefed when quizzed on his department’s work in Camden but seemed equally unfazed when questioned unexpectedly on a historic Ham&High story.

In May, the newspaper reported comments made by Ms Vine at a charity lunch in Hampstead Garden Suburb at which she told an audience she had considered sending her children to Italy to shield them from the “hate” directed towards their father.

Asked today if he was frustrated by his wife’s comments, Mr Gove told the Ham&High: “No. I love my wife - I think that she’s a fantastic journalist - and I love the Ham&High. I think it’s a fantastic newspaper.

“I love that question. I think it’s an example of journalistic artfulness of the highest degree but more than anything I love this school, which is doing a fantastic job.

“The most important thing which I hope your reporting will reflect is the wonderful job that this school does.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

11:46

Two men have been arrested in West Hampstead on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing in Westminster.

13:39

Hampstead could become its own constituency again for the first time since 1979 under proposed new electoral boundary proposals.

Yesterday, 17:11

Charitable students at UCS Hampstead have clubbed together to give a mammoth donation to the north Paddington food bank.

Yesterday, 13:11

Crouch End comedian Sean Hughes has died, his management company has confirmed.

Yesterday, 13:06

An application to demolish an Edwardian house in Muswell Hill and rebuild it as a modern home has been met with opposition from local residents.

Yesterday, 12:22

The husband of jailed mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has repeated his demand to meet the Iranian ambassador to the UK so he can attend a possible second trial of his wife.

Yesterday, 12:15

A senior police officer has said it is “not practical” for officers to investigate crimes such as shoplifting and criminal damage as his force bids to save £400 million.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A row has erupted over a bid to reopen a bar at the same location where a shooting and knife attack took place.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If you are a pet owner, maybe you can empathise with this familiar tale.

Japanese baby and children’s clothing company Familiar is making their first venture into Europe with a pop up event in Hampstead

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now