Rishi Sunak says Boris Johnson was 'right to apologise' for attending Downing Street party

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the Prime Minister was right to apologize for attending a bring your own alcohol party at 10 Downing Street during the first Covid lockdown.

Mr. Sunak said he supported Boris Johnson’s “request for patience” while an investigation was conducted under the direction of senior official Sue Gray.

In a tweet, Mr. Sunak said: “I was visiting all day today to continue work on our #PlanForJobs and to meet with MPs to discuss the energy situation.

“The Prime Minister was right to apologize and I support his request to be patient while Sue Gray conducts her investigation.”

Earlier on Wednesday (Jan. 12), at the beginning of the Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, Mr.

Cabinet ministers have stood behind the prime minister to publicly endorse Boris Johnson’s support.

Culture Minister Nadine Dorries wrote on Twitter that the Prime Minister was right to apologize personally beforehand.

“People are hurt and angry about what happened and he took full responsibility for it. The investigation should now begin its work and determine the full facts about what happened. “

Leveling-Up Secretary Michael Gove replied to her message: “Nadine is right.”

It is reported that Mr. Gove told the 1922 Backbench Tory MPs Committee that Mr. Johnson was “getting the big calls right” and telling colleagues not to be “fuzzy.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Dominic Raab told ITV it was a “stupid question” when asked if he would run for the Tory leadership again.

“I fully support this prime minister and I am sure that he will continue for many years to come,” he said.

Interior Minister Priti Patel and Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng are said to have expressed their support in a Whatsapp group for Tory MPs.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said, “I fully understand why people feel abandoned. The Prime Minister did the right thing in apologizing.

“Now we have to get the investigation closed. We have so much to do, including rolling out boosters, tests, and antivirals – so we can live with Covid. “

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Times Radio, “I think the Prime Minister was very contrite today, he apologized and took full responsibility.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, told the broadcaster, “I think the Prime Minister has got things right time and time again.

“But like all of us, he accepts that in two and a half years there will be things that would have been done differently in retrospect.”

When asked if the Prime Minister would resign if Ms. Gray’s report found wrongdoing, Environment Secretary George Eustice said, “I don’t think we should overtake here. We should do this step by step. “

Defense Minister Ben Wallace also supported the Prime Minister, as did Foreign Minister Liz Truss and Foreign Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

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