Gove’s articulate and feisty performance at Leveson has won him plenty of friends this afternoon:
Big move by Gove at Leveson today. In a thinned-out field he will become Tory leader-in-waiting.
— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnmep) May 29, 2012
#gove4PM is sure to be trending in Westminster soon after his Leveson performance
— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) May 29, 2012
Gove is the first person to go into Leveson's court room and questioned the entire basis of his ruminations. This is explosive stuff.
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) May 29, 2012
Gove going up a gear today. Defence of free press against officialdom-loving #leveson is brilliant stuff.
— Iain Martin (@iainmartin1) May 29, 2012
I like Michael Gove. There, I've said it. Don't always agree with him but he is a man of principle. #leveson
— Martin Bright (@martinbright) May 29, 2012
Gove will have won new friends in press today. Editors will have loved his defence of media liberty. Good politics and high principle.
— Tim Montgomerie (@TimMontgomerie) May 29, 2012
michael gove and ed balls appear to have launched de facto leadership campaigns today
— Robin Brant (@robindbrant) May 29, 2012
Blimey. Leadership campaign up and running? RT "@Conor_BurnsMP: Michael Gove is magnificent. Magnificent."
— James Chapman (Mail) (@jameschappers) May 29, 2012
Word is that he would never run against Osborne in a leadership election, but with more performances like today…