Gove’s substitute caught out over declare he moved to Surrey Heath as dwelling discovered on Airbnb | EUROtoday

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The Tory candidate to switch Michael Gove has boasted about shifting into a house within the constituency, just for it emerge the property was seemingly an Airbnb.

Ed McGuinness, a councillor who’s operating to be the Conservative MP for Surrey Heath, mentioned he’s “now a resident of St Paul’s ward”.

Alongside photos of himself getting into a home, Mr McGuinness mentioned Surrey Heath residents “rightly expect their MP to be a part of their community”.

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Blaming Mr Gove’s final minute resolution to step down when the snap summer time basic election was known as, Mr McGuinness mentioned it has been “hard to get a place so quickly”.

But customers on social media platform X shortly posted photos of an Airbnb itemizing that appeared to point out the identical home.

The property is described on the rental web site as “a light and airy self-contained annex”.

One mentioned it was “a bit weird to do a ‘getting the keys’ shot for an Airbnb”.

A neighborhood observe on X mentioned: “The property featured here appears on Airbnb and is therefore not indicative of the user being a “resident” of the local people.

“Moreover the availability of the property does not indicate a long-term booking has been made.”

At the time of Mr McGuinness’s submit concerning the dwelling, it nonetheless gave the impression to be obtainable to e-book on a number of days in July.

Ed McGuinness hopes to succeed Michael Gove, who is not standing at the general election
Ed McGuinness hopes to succeed Michael Gove, who is just not standing on the basic election (PA Wire)

A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, who’re eyeing up the seat, mentioned: “From Gove giving up to a candidate seemingly camping in an Airbnb, it’s clear the Conservatives are running scared of the Liberal Democrats right across Surrey. To be honest, it would be the best for Mr McGuinness as he could be gone from the constituency in just a few weeks.”

Mr McGuinness is a former British military officer and veteran of Afghanistan. His web site describes him as a political commentator, an energetic Conservative campaigner, a former Association Chairman and now a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate.

Mr Gove, one of many longest-serving Conservative ministers and the final remaining high-profile MP from the David Cameron authorities elected in 2010, introduced he would step down on the 4 July election after it was known as.

The shock announcement was a blow to the Tory Party which is going through an exodus of high-profile MPs on the election.

Mr Gove, the secretary of state for levelling up, posted on X: “After nearly 20 years serving the wonderful people of Surrey Heath and over a decade in Cabinet across five government departments, I have today taken the decision to step down as a Member of Parliament.”

Mr Gove mentioned it was time for a “new generation” to guide and highlighted his time in varied authorities roles, together with as schooling secretary, Cabinet workplace minister and housing secretary.

The Lib Dems imagine that Mr Gove’s Surrey Heath seat can be up for grabs. It too was altered within the boundary evaluation however the Lib Dems hope to overturn what was an 18,349 majority in 2019 beneath the outdated boundaries.

Mr McGuinness was requested to remark.