BBC Breakfast viewers were left stunned as Nadine Dorries was questioned on the show by presenter Charlie Stayt.
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was asked whether she had spoken to the prime minister amid a constant slew of “partygate” revelations.
When asked about how Boris Johson was feeling and the current state inside 10 Downing Street, the ever combative Dorries refused to comment and entered an awkward battle with the presenter.
And the exchange left social media users staggered, the Express reported.
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Stayt asked: “Have you spoken to the prime minister recently, in the last 24 hours?”
Dorries fired back: “Why? Why are you asking me that question?”
Stayt replied: “I’d like to know.”
To which Dorries responded: “We’ve communicated.”
Stayed continued: “I’m really confused, is that a difficult question?
“I am just asking if you have spoken to the prime minister in the last 24 hours?”
Dorries confirmed: “We have communicated.”
“What has he communicated to you?” Stay pushed.
Dorries then replied: “Well, that’s, I’m not going to tell you the extent of my communications with the prime minister.
“I have answered your question, we have communicated, what’s your next question?”
Stayt continued to press the politician on the subject, asking: “What’s his mood?”
Dorries replied: “His mood is very positive, extremely positive.
“Onwards is one of his favorite expressions, I think he is very positive.”
Stayt asked: “Has he changed his attitude to the way he runs the government? We’re told that he sent out messages saying, ‘I’ve got it, I get this’ about things that had been done wrong.
“The implication was that he was going to do business slightly differently.
“My question is a pretty fundamental one, which is, the impression we are supposed to take now is that Boris Johnson admits that things should have been done differently.
“Is he exactly the same in your book?”
Dorries then said: “What I would say is that the prime minister promised to change.”
It came as a photograph of Boris Johnson holding a can of a beer at his lockdown birthday party in June 2020 is reportedly in the hands of the police.
Sources said Mr Johnson appeared to be raising his can of Estrella beer towards the camera in a toast.
It is thought to be among 300 pictures submitted to the Metropolitan Police as evidence of rule-busting gatherings by senior civil servant Sue Gray.
BBC Breakfast airs every day from 6am on BBC One.
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