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Boris Johnson interview made things ‘significantly worse’ amid no confidence vote

Boris Johnson made things 'significantly worse' says Gauke

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Former Lord High Chancellor David Gauke sat down with Kristy Wick on BBC Newsnight. The Former Chancellor wasted no time discussing Boris Johnson’s latest interview with Beth Rigby on Sky News where the Prime Minister has been coming under fire for alleged boozy parties at Downing Street with senior Tory MPs during a national lockdown. Sue Gray is currently holding an inquiry investigation into the allegations brought against Mr Johnson. Mr Gauke teased of a vote of no confidence against Johnson and told Newsnight how many Conservative MPs ‘are now taking action’ against him.

Mr Gauke said: “I think the interview the Prime Minister gave today, has made his position significantly worse.

“Because if the best argument that you have got to the accusation that you broke the rules, was that nobody had told me.

“That the rules that I had imposed on everyone else were being broken

“Then I think that reveals you in a difficult position.

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Mr Gauke said: “I think the Prime Minister is in a difficult position because of his behaviour.

“Because of the constant set of allegations that are being made, and I think Conservative MPs are increasingly uncomfortable with this.

“And it does appear that quite a number are now taking action.”

Ms Wick said: “You have been here before I presume and if it happens you don’t want a repeat of the way that Theresa May left office?”

Mr Gauke added: “No! and one of the reasons why I had previously thought that MPs might hold off until May putting in the confidence letters.

“Is that you know perhaps at this point the Prime Minister might have a better chance at surviving the vote.

“Whereas if it was after May and the results had been very bad for the Conservative then his position might be weakened in further.”

The Interview David Gauke reacted to is one Mr Johnson gave to political editor Beth Rigby on Sky News, the comments made about party gate caused further backlash from the public.

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Mr Johnson said: “I’m saying categorically that nobody told me, nobody said this was something that was against the rules, doing something that wasn’t a work event because frankly, I can’t imagine why it would have gone ahead, or it would have been allowed to go ahead if it was against the rules.”

Reacting to the Sky News interview, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson set the rules. He didn’t need anyone to tell him the party he attended broke them.

“If he had any respect for the British people, he would do the decent thing and resign.”

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