Johnson 'doesn't believe he did anything wrong' says Labour MP
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The Sky News presenter fact-checked the Labour chair of the Standards Committee after claiming Boris Johnson had not apologised to Number 10 cleaners for the conduct of his staff. The Prime Minister said he was “sorry” about his behaviour following the publication of the Sue Gray report, but insisted he would not be standing down as he was cleared of any additional wrongdoings after receiving a fine. Ms Burley said: “The Prime Minister has addressed that. He has apologised in person. To all of those involved. Let me move on.”
Mr Bryant cut in: “No, sorry Kay, but he hasn’t. He isn’t.
He may sort of do that apology that he did in the House of Commons yesterday but that actually amounts to excuse after excuse after excuse.
“He doesn’t believe he did anything wrong or that anybody else did. He’s blind to his own failings.”
To which the Sky News presenter hit back: “Well, he says that he is. We’re told he has apologised to some staff personally and he will apologise to more today when they come on their shift pattern.
“We have to accept that is what the Prime Minister has said, and he has done, and will be doing.”
Mr Bryant however continued with his criticism of the Prime Minister: “It even existed within Downing Street itself so all the special advisors and the senior people were able to carry on as they wanted.
“When the cleaners and the security staff said, look this is just not right, you’re not abiding by the rules, they were told where to get off.
“It’s just morally indefensible I think.”
The Labour MP blasted the mistreatment of Downing Street staff by senior individuals who attended the boozy gatherings.
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Ms Burley highlighted earlier comments made by the Downing Street Chief of Staff, Mr Barclay.
She said: “We’re told that he has apologised to some staff personally and he will apologise to more staff today when they come onto their shift pattern.
“We have to accept that is what the Prime Minister has done and that is what he will be doing.”
In conversation with Ms Burley, The Downing Street Chief of Staff asserted the Prime Minister had been “humbled” by the findings of the Sue Gray report and accepted “ultimate responsibility” for the lockdown breaches.
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In his address to the House of Commons, Mr Johnson said: “Sue Gray’s report has emphasised that it is up to the political leadership in Number Ten to take the ultimate responsibility, and of course I do.”
The Prime Minister said he was “appalled” by evidence suggesting Downing Street cleaners and security staff were poorly treated by attendees of the lockdown gatherings.
He said: “ I would like to apologise to those members of staff and I expect anyone who behaved in that way to apologise to them as well.”
Though Mr Johnson acknowledged the importance of the report, he emphasised that the Government must now focus on delivering policy to address “the aftershocks of Covid.”
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