Michael Gove: The fact that he is a fan of Chelsea FC has nothing to do with this.

How refreshing to see a straightforward case of Tory corruption amid the current morass of complicated political shenanigans!

Michael Gove is facing questions over the appointment of multi-millionaire Tory donor Ben Goldsmith to the board of his Government department.

Mr Goldsmith was handed the role of non-executive director at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs earlier this month, despite him previously donating cash to Mr Gove’s Surrey Heath constituency.

Concerns have also been raised about the selection process for the job, which was overseen by Sir Ian Cheshire, who is chairman of Mr Goldsmith’s investment firm, Menhaden Capital Management.

Mr Goldsmith, who is the brother of Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP for Richmond, donated £258,000 to a Conservative policy commission on the environment through a business he part-owns.

The Goldsmith family has donated more than £1m to the Conservatives.

Source: Michael Gove facing questions over appointment of Tory donor Ben Goldsmith to Defra board


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