Michael Gove has said Theresa May was right to oust him from the cabinet, saying: “If I’d been in her shoes, I would have sacked me too.”
The former justice secretary has also said he regretted running for the Conservative Party leadership.
And Gove said he had made “mistakes” in the way he withdrew his support for Boris Johnson’s leadership bid.
He admitted “the way in which I declared my stand for the leadership, I shouldn't have done it that way”.
“When Theresa May became prime minister she said that she no longer had a place for me in the cabinet and, to be honest, if I'd been in her shoes I would have sacked me too,” Gove said in an interview with the BBC to be broadcast on Sunday.
“So I entirely accept that sacking me at the time was the right thing to do.”
Gove added: “I have to accept that the way in which I spent the final week or so of my ministerial life involved my making mistakes and having made mistakes you have to take the consequences.”