Kate Garraway requested a Tory MP if Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “above the legislation” as the minister dodged questions on the Downing Street condo enchancment funds.
James Cleverly, Minister for Middle East and North Africa, was grilled by hosts Kate Garraway and Sean Fletcher over strain on Mr Johnson to reply to questions on who paid for refurbishments made at the flat he lives in in Downing Street.
The Electoral Commission is investigating.
Mr Cleverly responded: “Ok, we have simply come out of a report on the scenario in India and my boss, the Foreign Secretary, is about to meet with his overseas ministerial colleagues from round the globe to focus on a few of the actually essential points we have been discussing.
“And I get that there is an enormous quantity of curiosity in sure circles about this however there can be reviews that can be popping out in the near-future, little doubt. The prime minister will reply to these reviews. But I feel the juxtaposition of the photos of what we’re seeing in India -“
Kate responded: “You’re being a bit imply there.”
The MP then mentioned: “I’m not. I’m genuinely not.”
But Kate continued: “Because you are suggesting that we expect that this subject is extra essential than an individual dying each 4 minutes in India, which clearly we do not.”
“Yeah that is what you may have been,” Cleverly interrupted.
Kate requested once more: “But at the core of it is a difficulty of belief in the authorities. Did the authorities get it proper? Has it acquired integrity? And it leads again to different problems with about how PPE was procured, all of that.
“It’s about belief and integrity and belief in the folks elected to lead to behave correctly in a pandemic dealing with horrible conditions like this. So that is why it is essential. Is Boris Johnson above the legislation?”
Mr Cleverly replied: “Well, nobody is above the legislation and the reviews will come out after they come out and the prime minister will reply to what they are saying.”
Mr Cleverly responded to an additional query about the impace of the flat refurbishment story on the polls, telling host Sean Fletcher that The Tory Party has been in management for 11 years and if any person confirmed him a ballot again then of the Conservatives being between 5 and 11 factors forward of Labour, Mr Cleverly “would have taken that”.