Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced some tricky questions on the polls today.
The PM tour was the Next World Sports factory in Wrexam ahead of next month’s Senedd vote, but it wasn’t an easy time as the Q&A hacks joined forces.
Mr. Johnson is increasingly embroiled in a war of words with former top aide Dominic Cummings.
Mr. Cummings was accused of a number of harmful leaks by No. 10, including the exchange of text messages between Mr. Johnson and entrepreneur Sir James Dyson. It is well known that Mr Cummings has criticized Mr Johnson’s delay in initiating a second lockdown in England when cases began to rise last fall and there is speculation that he will try to get him for the high number of To blame fatalities.
The Daily Mail claimed that after the lockdown, the prime minister would rather see “bodies piled up by the thousands” than order a third one. The paper did not give a source for the allegation, but ministers encountered “gossip” spread by “nameless advisers”.
Mr Johnson also had questions about who funded the £ 200,000 renovation of his Downing Street apartment.
Here is a full transcript from Wales when the Prime Minister was answering questions from reporters …
- 1 Have you ever talked about using donations to renovate the Downing Street apartment?
- 2 Inaudible question on the same subject
- 3 Have you ever said that you’d rather see bodies pile up than go into a third lock?
- 4 Are you anticipating a third wave, but have not made any comments on the bodies?
- 5 Could you just comment on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – we just found out she was sentenced to another 12 months?
- 6 How harmful are the lobbying allegations and Dominic Cummings’ comments on the Conservative campaign?
- 7 We’re just down the street from Delyn here – do you think the action the party took against Rob Roberts was sufficient?
- 8 What would be a good result for the Conservatives in the Wales elections and how about keeping coalition options open?
- 9 Inaudible question about Roche’s contract to deliver additional coronavirus tests to Wales last year.
- 10 Inaudible question about the Welsh Government handling the pandemic and how in sync with the UK Government it was
Have you ever talked about using donations to renovate the Downing Street apartment?
Prime Minister: “If there is anything to be said, a statement must be made, which of course will be made in due course.”
“And I find that people here in North Wales and here in Wrexham want us to focus on getting on with the vaccine roll out.” And I’m here, not far from Wockhardt, the epicenter for vaccine success in this country. It has produced tens of millions of vaccines and it allows us to really help bring down the scale of the pandemic and gradually unlock the country. “
Inaudible question on the same subject
Prime Minister: “Absolutely not. But I am finding again that a lot of these things people are talking about are not what comes up on the doorstep or what problems people bring up with me.
“What people want to know is what the government is doing to continue with our agenda of uniting and improving across the country, carefully but irreversibly going through the steps of the roadmap to unlock our country and get going bring.
“And here, Net World Sports, take a look at what they did. They survived the pandemic and haven’t given up. Instead, they took an opportunity and expanded, and I think the number of employees has more than doubled. And I just helped export a golf network from Wrexham to Australia. And we’re going to get a free trade agreement that will hopefully allow us to do even more business that way. “
Have you ever said that you’d rather see bodies pile up than go into a third lock?
Prime Minister: “No, but I think the most important thing I think people want us to do as a government is to make sure the locks are working, and they are, and I’m really paying the people off Tribute To this country, all of our country that has really pulled itself together and is working with the vaccination program, we have the disease under control.
“I mean, the number of deaths and the number of hospitalizations are very low right now.
“That doesn’t mean we totally leaked it. That doesn’t mean Covid is over.
“We have to be realistic. Unfortunately there is likely to be another wave of the disease. But I think the vaccination program has now been so extensive – 33.6 million people have been vaccinated, the 44-year-olds are now signing up for the vaccination. I think.” , 95% of those over 50 have already offered a stitch.
“We’ve put up some, in my opinion, pretty sturdy fortifications against the next wave. We’ll have to see how strong they really are in due course. But in the meantime everyone should call in and get your vaccine if asked.”
Are you anticipating a third wave, but have not made any comments on the bodies?
Prime Minister: “Yes and no. Yes.”
Could you just comment on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – we just found out she was sentenced to another 12 months?
Prime Minister: “Yes, I can. And of course we need to look into the details of what the Iranian authorities have said. I do not think at all that it is right for Nazanin to be sentenced to another time in prison.
“I think it was wrong. I think it’s wrong for it to be there at all.
“And we’re going to work very hard to get her release from Iran, her ability to return to her family here in the UK, just as we work on all of our dual national cases in Iran, and the government isn’t going to stop, we will do it double our efforts. And we are working, I can say, also with our American friends on this subject. “
How harmful are the lobbying allegations and Dominic Cummings’ comments on the Conservative campaign?
Prime Minister: “I think people want us to focus on what happens when we go through this phase of the pandemic. Don’t forget that we’re between step two and step three of the roadmap. We are now coming on May 17th to lift the ban.
“Here in Wales they are just starting to open the pubs the way they want, open-air pubs and that’s great to see. But the message I would get across is that this has been made possible by a great program in the UK.
“It’s fantastic to be here in Wrexham and to see Wockhardt across the street again and think of everything they’ve done, all the people, the hard work – the hard wock of the people in Wockhardt – who it really was at the center of this country’s fight against the pandemic.
“Without Wockhardt, without Oxford Biomedica, without AstraZeneca, we would not be able to fight the pandemic as we are.
“So Wales was at the heart of our fight, our national fight, and that makes me incredibly proud. And I think the people of Wales can be very proud of the contribution made by the Welsh military and armed forces to the fight.
“For me it is Wales that is contributing to a very successful national effort. But again we cannot relax our guard, we have to be careful.”
We’re just down the street from Delyn here – do you think the action the party took against Rob Roberts was sufficient?
Prime Minister: “I believe the disciplinary procedures were correct. And we are a party that believes in cracking down on unacceptable behavior of all kinds. And that’s exactly what we do.
“And I am very proud to lead a conservative party that is more diverse in its representation today than ever before in its history.” And a conservative cabinet, which I believe is more diverse than any other cabinet in the history of this country. “
What would be a good result for the Conservatives in the Wales elections and how about keeping coalition options open?
Prime Minister: “A good result … I am the UK Prime Minister and it hurts me to say that things like Welsh schools could do better or that things in the Welsh NHS are not as good as they should be.
“It hurts me to say that but it is true and the transport in Wales could be better. It hurts me to say that because I am the Prime Minister of Great Britain but it is true.”
“And that’s because of the mistakes made by Welsh Labor. So when I look at things like the A55 that we want to improve, or the M4, the improvements that we want to make in the south near Cardiff, all these types of projects – what we’re going to do with Welsh railways – it would be so much better if the Senedd, if the Welsh assembly was run by Conservatives.
“I’m not going to hide it from you. I think I think so … We’d better work together as a country. And I want to see that.”
Prime Minister: “I honestly can’t comment because you’re describing something I just don’t know about. What I can tell you is that I think the cross-flow test issue is very important.
“The cross-river tests offer the country good prospects. I think people were trying to kind of scrap them and say, “Well, you’re getting too many false positives.”
“In fact, a lateral flow test can be very, very useful for isolating cases of disease, getting people to withdraw from the circulation, and stopping the rate of disease. Therefore, I strongly believe in cross-flow tests and I encourage everyone to use them. “
Inaudible question about the Welsh Government handling the pandemic and how in sync with the UK Government it was
Prime Minister: “It was much more in sync than you might think, as you say.
“If you look at the way the UK has been doing over the last year, there has been a lot of self-differentiation, sometimes for political reasons, but the general pattern of progress has been very similar.
“And we all really work together. If you look – I mean again the vaccination program, mass tests done by the NHS and the Army, you can see the whole of Britain working together to fight the pandemic. And we’re starting to to get some very encouraging results.
“If you look at some of our friends they still have pretty nasty waves across Europe. We have nothing to complain about, but it’s certainly working well right now. This is thanks in part to a great Welsh effort. And I think people can be very, very proud of it. Thank you very much. “