Travel Guides – Michael Gove’s wife Sarah Vine speaks of the ‘pressures’ on political marriages

Ms Vine, a newspaper journalist, has been married to Gove for 20 years – Paul Grover

Sarah Vine has spoken about the difficulties of sustaining a political marriage in the wake of revelations about Matt Hancock’s affair along with his aide.

Michael Gove’s wife, a newspaper journalist, wrote in her column for the Mail on Sunday: “Climbing that far up Westminster’s greasy pole changes a person. And when someone changes, they require something new from a partner.

“Namely, somebody who’s as a lot a courtesan as a companion, one who understands their brilliance and, crucially, is personally invested in it.

“Not someone who thinks it’s all a monumental nuisance and wishes they would get a proper job that doesn’t involve people poking cameras in your face and commenting on your poor choice of footwear.”

Ms Vine, 54 who has been married to Mr Gove, a Cabinet Office minister, for 20 years mentioned that Mr Hancock’s “behaviour may be shocking, but given the context it is entirely predictable”.

Ms Vine, pictured, also praised Samantha Cameron for forcing David to go on "date nights" with her when they lived in Downing Street - JULIAN SIMMONDS

Ms Vine, pictured, additionally praised Samantha Cameron for forcing David to go on “date nights” along with her after they lived in Downing Street – JULIAN SIMMONDS

She singled out former Prime Minister David Cameron as being “unique” amongst all the senior politicians she had ever met in “carving out time for his family”.

Ms Vine additionally praised Samantha Cameron for forcing David to go on “date nights” along with her after they lived in Downing Street between 2010 and 2016 and for ensuring he by no means forgot his “obligation” to her and the youngsters.

Ms Vine, referenced each Mr Hancock and former Chancellor George Osborne who left their wives and began relationships with individuals they’d labored with as ministers.

She wrote: “Both Martha and Frances Osborne are very smart, engaging girls. So why, you would possibly ask, would they discover themselves thrown over? I believe the reply is easy.

“These girls are nonetheless kind of the similar individual they had been after they obtained married. But their ‘politician males’ will not be.”

Ms Vine’s full page column appeared with a photo of Mr Hancock’s estranged wife Martha kissing him on election day, under a headline: “The drawback with the wife who’s been with you eternally is that she is aware of you are not the Master of the Universe you purport to be.”