Michael Gove invited to Popworld in Wolverhampton

Cabinet minister Michael Gove has been ‘promised’ a tour of Wolverhampton nightclubs when he comes to the city.

Michael Gove
Michael Gove

The quip was a reference to video footage emerging last month of Mr Gove dancing with revellers in an Aberdeen nightclub.

Councillor Ellis Turrell lightened the mood of a council meeting when he joked about taking the newly appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to sample Wolverhampton’s nightlife.

And he looks set to spend more time in Wolverhampton after the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government moved into the city centre’s i9 building.

It will take up two floors of the development, part of the £150 million Interchange, making it the first government department to have a HQ outside London.

At the full council meeting on Wednesday during a discussion about the Brewer’s Yard development in Wolverhampton, Councillor Turrell referenced funding provided by Whitehall which he said had enabled many major schemes put forward by the Labour administration.

He said: “The i9 building would be half empty if it wasn’t for the MHLG choosing to relocate their offices here.

“And may I just say what a fantastic new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government we have in Michael Gove.

“He won’t put up with any nonsense from this Labour Council, let me assure you.

“And we will be sure to take him around the local nightclubs – Planet, Popworld, he’ll love it here!”

The joke provoked laughs from around the chamber before the serious business of the council resumed.

According to its Facebook page Planet is the only dedicated alternative nightclub in the city and has been voted club of the week by Kerrang! on multiple occasions.

Popworld describes itself as a “late-night bar with a difference – cheese with style”, playing kitschy pop classics until the early hours of mornings.

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