BBC Breakfast‘s Sally Nugent debated the two-hour session in the Commons the Prime Minister received about the findings of Sue Gray’s report with Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer. Johnson told MPs he couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation by the Metropolitan Police. When Nugent told Starmer the Prime Minister “was right”, he was quick to shut her down.
Nugent began: “We did see significant scenes in the House of Commons yesterday, and in fact, thinking about your previous role, the Prime Minister was correct, wasn’t he when he said he couldn’t comment on a current investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
“He was right wasn’t he, that was the right thing to say?”
However, Starmer replied: “No he’s not right, about that. What happened was the Metropolitan Police asked that the full report not be published at the moment, but the idea that that prevents the Prime Minister saying he was at a party on a particular day is absolute nonsense.”
Starmer said it would have to be MPs or the Prime Minister’s own side that decide on that.
“The longer this goes on, the longer we are obscuring and not getting on with the issues which matter the most to people,” Starmer added.
Gray said she found “at least some of the gatherings” she investigated represent “a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time”.
She revealed it was “not possible at present to provide a meaningful report” setting out all she discovered, due to the ongoing police investigation.
Angela Richardson, the Tory MP for Guildford, resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Gove yesterday, due to her “deep disappointment” in the Prime Minister.
The SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford was expelled from the House of Commons by Sir Lindsay Hoyle after refusing to stand down over arguing Johnson had misled the House and colleagues.
Blackford apologised to Hoyle and appeared on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday to confirm “it wasn’t a stunt, it wasn’t premeditated”.
BBC Breakfast continues weekdays between 6am and 9am.
Published at Tue, 01 Feb 2022 07:47:00 +0000