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Michael Gove knifed Boris John­son against the ad­vice of two of his clos­est aides, ac­cord­ing to All Out War, a new book by Sun­day Times po­lit­i­cal editor Tim Ship­man. At 7am on 30 June, Gove met with his team to con­firm his de­ci­sion to stand for the Tory lead­er­ship. “This will be Ed Miliband 100 times,” warned Paul Stephen­son, re­fer­ring to the Miliband frat­ri­cide. “Theresa May will be PM if you do this,” added Henry de Zoete. Yet two hours later, Gove went ahead. Ac­cord­ing to a source, John­son was “shell­shocked” when he heard the news. “He looked ut­terly crushed. It was not the re­al­i­sa­tion it might be all over. It was the be­trayal.” To com­pound his mis­ery, John­son then re­ceived a text from David Cameron, read­ing sim­ply: “You should have stuck with me, mate.”

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