Appearing on Sky News on Saturday, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries added how she was "not a random backbencher" and despite mounting opposition to
Appearing on Sky News on Saturday, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries added how she was “not a random backbencher” and despite mounting opposition to Boris Johnson amid rumours of chaos behind the doors of Number 10, her support of the Prime Minister should be listened to as much as anyone else.
It comes as a raft of advisors to Boris Johnson resigned en masse on Thursday, with pressure further mounting on the Prime Minister as Chancellor Rishi Sunak slammed comments made by Mr Johnson about Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer failing to prosecute paedophile Jimmy Savile while he was head of the Crown Prosecution service.
Following Mr Johnson’s statement on the Sue Gray report into Downing Street parties on Monday, Mr Johnson accused Sir Keir Starmer of spending “most of his time” as director of public prosecutions (DPP) “prosecuting journalists and failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile”, despite having no evidence.
But events took a new turn on Friday as Health Secretary Sajid Javid is rumoured to have also distanced himself from the Prime Minister amid the saga.
Following the news, Ms Dorries was asked by Sky News’ Niall Paterson: “When you look at what has been said by some of the most senior members of Government, including Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, both of whom have distanced themselves, by some margin, from comments the Prime Minister made in relation to Keir Starmer and Jimmy Savile…
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“This is not some isolated criticism from the backbenchers, this is criticism being made by the man who lives next door, in the office next door!”
But Ms Dorries insisted that she had spoken to Health Secretary Sajid Javid who had “reassured” her that he is “one hundred percent behind the Prime Minister”.
She went on to claim Mr Javid is also not impressed by the coverage of his comments in the media as the interview erupted into a tense back and forth.
But Niall Paterson said: “Sorry to interrupt, but what does it say about the party right now, that you had to go and ask the Health Secretary whether or not he supported the Prime Minister?”
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But the Culture Secretary lost as she lashed back at Mr Paterson’s comments, hammering: “I’m not a random back bencher either! And my perspective on this is you have to take responsibility for actions and decisions taken by that organisation.
“Keir Starmer took responsibility for apologising in 2013 for what happened in the CPS during the Jimmy Savile investigation.”
Mr Johnson has apologised for the comments on Monday but he told Channel 5 News that the comments were “not inappropriate” as he doubled down on his controversial choice of words.
On Thursday Munira Mirza, Mr Johnson’s head of policy, Dan Rosenfield, Boris Johnson’s chief of staff, Martin Reynolds, his principal private secretary, and Jack Doyle, director of communications also quit as chaos erupted in Downing Street.