Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, Dominic Raab admitted that people “want to know” there are no double standards regarding Downing Street parties.
He said: “I think ever since I became an MP in 2010… of course any perception of double standards is very serious. I think he’s [Boris Johnson] well aware of the frustration… he apologised with contrition in the House of Commons.”
He added: “I am confident he’s been straightforward with the House of Commons.”
Mr Raab insisted that he was not invited to the alleged gathering and did not attend.
Mr Raab said: “What I can tell you from what I saw… is Number 10, particularly during that period when the PM was unwell… has been working phenomenally hard under gruelling conditions. I’m as frustrated as everybody else, I think double standards are toxic.”
He continued: “It wouldn’t surprise me if people working extremely long hours had a glass of wine or beer at the end of a long week.”