Sadiq Khan mocks clubbing minister Michael Gove

‘Don’t be surprised if you see Michael Gove here dancing’: Sadiq Khan, 50, mocks middle-aged minister’s clubbing antics as he mans the decks at a Labour conference party – and even Keir Starmer took off his tie!

  • London mayor was guest of honour at Jamaican night at Labour conference
  • Poked fun at Mr Gove, 54, who was spotted at an Aberdeen nightspot last month
  • Khan told event: ‘Don’t be surprised if you see Michael Gove here dancing’ 

Sadiq Khan poked fun at Tory minister Michael Gove over his middle-aged clubbing exploits last night – as he DJ’d at a Labour conference party.

The London mayor, 50, was among those who let their hair down after a tumultuous start to the annual gathering in Brighton.

He was the guest of honour at a Jamaican night at the Prizm club organised by former shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler.

And he used his time on the mic to poke fun at Mr Gove, 54, the new Levelling Up Minister, after he was spotted throwing shapes at an Aberdeen nightspot last month. 

Mr Khan told the packed event: ”The best place in Brighton in this conference week is Dawn Butler’s Jamaica party.

‘I’ve got to tell you I saw Michael Gove coming to Brighton because Michael Gove likes dancing.

‘So don’t be surprised if you see Michael Gove here.’  

Ms Butler later tweeted that she got to bed at around 7am after the lively party, tweeting: ‘Thank you to everyone who came and raved, enjoyed and just went with the vibes.’

Mr Khan was not the only top Labour figure to take some time to relax and have fun yesterday. Even party leader Sir Keir found time to take off his tie and have drink, while watching his beloved Arsenal beat Spurs 3-1 in the North London Derby.

He continued his semi-dressed look today as he went on a walkabout in Brighton.


The London mayor, 50, was among those who let their hair down after a tumultuous start to the annual gathering in Brighton.

Mr Khan was the guest of honour at a Jamaican night at the Prizm club organised by former shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler.

Even party leader Sir Keir found time to take off his tie and have drink, while watching his beloved Arsenal


He continued his semi-dressed look today as he went on a walkabout in Brighton this morning, after Mr Khan (right) had hit the seafront for a run in the wind and rain

Mr Gove was seen partying away in Aberdeen in videos posted on social media over the August bank holiday weekend.

The MP, who recently announced his split from Daily Mail columnist wife Sarah Vine, was seen throwing shapes after visiting an O’Neill’s pub in the Granite City – where he grew up.

He later went upstairs to Bohemia nightclub where he was filmed dancing to techno, after allegedly trying to swerve the £5 entry fee by telling door staff he was the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster –  a claim he later denied.

Musician Emma Lament, who posted the videos to Instagram on Sunday, wrote in the captions that newly-single Gove was ‘giving it big licks’ as he bopped to techno music.

In the videos, Gove, dressed in a suit with no tie, can be seen jumping, two-stepping and waving his arms around to the music.

Mr Khan today tried to act as peacemaker in a row between Andy Burnham and Keir Starmer as he insisted the Mayor of Greater Manchester does support the Labour leader.

Mr Burnham yesterday accused Sir Keir of sidelining Labour’s metro mayors at the party’s annual conference in Brighton.

He questioned if the party is ‘serious about winning back the north of England’ after he claimed senior elected politicians had not been given the chance to deliver major televised speeches in the conference hall.

But Mr Khan stepped in this morning to insist that ‘Andy is somebody who supports the leader’.

The Mayor of London said Sir Keir is talking to Labour’s selection of elected mayors to ‘listen to our points of view because we are a good example of Labour in power’.

The comments from Mr Burnham, who has been widely tipped as a potential successor to Sir Keir, risked igniting a major internal Labour row. 

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