‘Could you be Prime Minister?’ Laughter heard in BBC studio as Raab grilled on leadership

Dominic Raab grilled on leadership ambitions

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Dominic Raab appeared on BBC’s Sunday Morning with Sophie Raworth and was interrogated on the Sue Grey inquiry into the Downing Street gatherings which is expected to be released this week. Ms Raworth wondered if Mr Raab could potentially be prime minister following the publication which saw the Justice Secretary take a big audible gulp from his drink. Studio microphones also picked up laughter in the distance as Mr Raab deflected the question away from any potential leadership bid.

Mr Raab spoke to Ms Raworth about the biggest issues facing the Conservatives currently with the Sue Grey inquiry expected soon.

Ms Raworth wanted to know whether the publication could mean the end of Boris Johnson and if Mr Raab would take his place.

However, a distant laugh was picked up by the microphones as a nervous Mr Raab smiled and tried to brush off the question.

He said: “No, it’s a kind offer Sophie but no.

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“The reality is that Sue Grey will report on the issues surrounding No10 and we take them very seriously.

“I understand the frustration people feel but it’s right that they are investigated by Sue Grey properly and there is that due process and transparency.

“What I would say, we had two things this week, the success of the vaccine rollout… I think it’s fair because [people have said] the Government has lost its way.

“I think people across the country… the booster programme is at such a level that we not only protected the country but we are the [fastest growing economy].”

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Later on in the interview, Mr Raab was asked whether Boris Johnson should resign following the inquiry.

Mr Raab said if there were any breaches of the ministerial code then it was clear some action needed to be taken.

The Deputy Prime Minister also appeared on Sky News earlier in the day and was also grilled on the Downing Street gatherings and whether the Government had any legitimacy left.

Mr Raab told Sky News presenter Trevor Phillips: “The two big issues that will most affect people up and down this country is the fact that our vaccine rollout and booster campaign has been hugely successful.

“The Prime Minister got that right over Christmas and in the months before…

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“If we listened to the Labour Party, whose manifesto was calling for the nationalisation of pharmaceutical companies, who wanted us to be [pegged to the EU]…”

Sue Grey is expected to publish the findings of her inquiry into Downing Street parties after an email was leaked inviting staffers to a “bring your own booze” gathering.

Several Christmas parties had also been uncovered in the weeks prior to the email with London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey pictured with staff at a buffet.

Sue Grey also reportedly has found an email that warned Mr Johnson’s private secretary against holding the Downing Street gathering.

The senior civil servant has been interviewing a wide range of sources and has reportedly been in contact with former advisor Dominic Cummings over the scandal.

Mr Johnson is facing calls to resign from opposition benches but also from a growing list of disgruntled Tories.

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