Alister Jack launches defence of Boris Johnson as he claims Prime Minister was ‘mugged by cake’


The Scotland Secretary refused to stipulate what would result in him shedding confidence in Mr Johnson, who’s battling to save lots of his premiership amid dozens of resignations, however admitted the Authorities requires a “reset”.

Mr Jack spoke to the Scottish Parliamentary Journalists Affiliation previous to a chastening Prime Minister’s Questions wherein the Conservative chief confronted assaults from his backbenchers and a stream of ministerial resignations.

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In a calculated defence of the Prime Minister, Mr Jack defended the file of scandals which have engulfed the Tory chief, together with on Partygate.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack. Image: PA

Mr Jack stated the behaviour throughout the lockdowns was not precisely mirrored in media protection and claimed Mr Johnson and the previous Chancellor had been “mugged” by cake.

He stated: “He was mugged, as was Rishi [Sunak], by a birthday cake they didn’t see coming as they sat within the Cupboard Workplace ready for a gathering.

“They didn’t attend a celebration, a celebration arrived and copped them out. The Metropolitan Police noticed the phrase occasion after birthday and gave the each of them a FPN [fixed penalty notice].

“He did get a tremendous as a result of the phrase occasion comes after birthday.”

Requested whether or not there was something that might lead him to lose confidence within the Prime Minister, the Scottish Secretary stated the query was “foolish”.

He stated: “All I can say is what I’ve stated earlier than, which is in all my dealings with him, with me, I’ve discovered him to play with a straight bat and ship on the issues I’ve requested for.

The MP, one among two Scottish Conservatives who nonetheless again the Prime Minister, stated he believed Mr Johnson’s integrity was nonetheless intact, although refused to reply a query on whether or not he had roughly than Nicola Sturgeon.

Defending the Prime Minister’s honesty and integrity, Mr Jack stated: “It’s important to take individuals as you discover them, not as you hear hypothesis about them or learn individuals’s opinion about them.

“It’s important to cope with individuals if you’re coping with them shut up on a face-to-face foundation as you discover them. I believe that’s solely honest.”

Mr Jack stated he had spoken to the Prime Minister on the night each Mr Sunak and former well being secretary Sajid Javid resigned their posts.

He stated the departure of the 2 Cupboard ministers didn’t come up and that Mr Johnson was in a “sturdy temper”, however was “apologetic” and stated “errors have been made”.

The Scottish Secretary stated there was “loads of expertise” able to enter authorities, which he admitted required a “reset”.

Nonetheless, Mr Jack stated he didn’t count on the Prime Minister to resign and even when Mr Johnson left Quantity 10, he would stay in place on the Scotland Workplace.

“I’m optimistic that the Prime Minister will endure,” he stated.

“The highway is bumpy, and I’m not going to faux in any other case, however he has confronted challenges earlier than and he has endured.”

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