Sky News host shares sympathy with Hinds defending Johnson
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The Sky News host noted Mr Hinds had been given an “absolute hospital pass” when being asked to speak on behalf of the Government as new partying allegations emerged. The latest claims suggest yet another party was held at Number 10 on the eve of the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021. Bringing back to minds photos of the Queen seated away from her family during the funeral service, Mr Paterson said: “She sat alone!”
He continued: “I will say something this morning I rarely do with politicians.
“I’ve got a degree of sympathy for you.
“You’ve been the Government minister that’s been sent out this morning having received an absolute hospital pass yet again from staff working inside Number 10.
“The problem is all this raises questions about the Prime Minister’s suitability to be Prime Minister.”
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The allegations claim Downing Street staff held a leaving party on April 16 where “excessive booze” was available courtesy of a suitcase allegedly being normally used for “booze runs” to nearby supermarkets.
Mr Paterson continued: “All of this the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
“The night before, when the Queen herself will have been busy preparing for one of the most solemn, sad days of her life.
“She sat alone in the Chapel. These are all significant questions about the Prime Minister’s competence.”
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Mr Hinds admitted to being “shocked” by the latest round of allegations levelled at Number 10 staff.
He said: “This will be part of the investigations taken on by Sue Gray and we must wait to see what comes through in that.”
He added: “If the details that are in the story turn out to be true then that would be … I mean, clearly people are going to form their judgment, but it will be part of these broader investigations being undertaken by Sue Gray.
“The terms of reference have been clear that those investigations should cover events plural, alleged events, the nature of them, who attended them, what the purpose of them was, and I think we do need to see what comes through in that report.”
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News of the alleged parties broke as Andrew Bridgen became the latest MP to publicly announce he had submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister on Thursday night.
Mr Bridgen is the fifth MP to say he had written to Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, calling for a vote on the PM’s future as head of the party.
Mr Bridgen told BBC Newsnight: “With a heavy heart, I have written a letter to Sir Graham Brady indicating that I have no confidence in the Prime Minister and calling for a leadership election.”
The Telegraph reported that as many as 30 letters have been submitted so far. A total of 54 are needed to trigger a vote.
A blow was also landed on the PM from the Sutton Coldfield Conservatives, an association in a safe Tory seat, which reportedly passed a motion calling for Mr Johnson to stand down.
In a rare ray of hope for the Prime Minister, it was repo
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