Newsnight: Jacob Rees-Mogg claims Boris has full support of Cabinet – 'Unanimous support!'


The Leader of the House of Commons appeared on BBC Newsnight to defend fellow Old Etonian Boris Johnson following reports the Prime Minister might have breached COVID-19 regulations. Newsnight host Kirsty Wark asked Mr Rees-Mogg if he could put his “hand on his heart” when claiming Mr Johnson still commands the “unanimous support” of his Cabinet.

The North East Somerset MP, who backed Mr Johnson in both the 2016 and 2019 Tory Party leadership contests, placed his hand on his chest and replied: “If you wish me to, yes.”

He added: “Cabinet is supporting him, the Cabinet met today and if people are members of the Cabinet they’re supporting the Prime Minister.

“That is our basic constitutional system.

“We have a system of collective responsibility, where what is agreed in Cabinet has to be supported by all members, regardless of the views they’ve expressed previously.

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“And if they remain in the Cabinet they’re supporting the Prime Minister and the Government.

“That is obviously true.”

But Ms Wark pointed out to the Brexit-backing MP how reports suggested the Prime Minister snubbed his Cabinet colleagues by not informing them of the Metropolitan Police’s ‘partygate’ investigation.

“What happens in Cabinet is confidential,” Mr Rees-Mogg replied.

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Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said at the London Assembly’s Police and Crime committee: “As a result firstly of information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and secondly my officers’ own assessment, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of COVID-19 regulations.”

Mr Johnson welcomed the investigation during a visit to the Commons.

He told MPs: “I welcome the Met’s decision to conduct its own investigation because I believe this will help to give the public the clarity it needs and help to draw a line under matters.”


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