Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary-turned-justice secretary who gave us the incredible “beach is closed” line, is back on Twitter’s trending list today with another comment which has been met with ridicule on social media.

The Esher and Walton MP, who is also deputy prime minister, appeared on Sky News this morning where he was quizzed on yet another picture appearing to show a party during lockdown last year.

The snap, published in The Guardian, shows Boris Johnson and his now wife Carrie having drinks in the garden of Number 10 with Downing Street staff. According to the paper, it took place in May 2020, when the UK was put into lockdown.

Dominic Rennie Raab sure lived up to his middle name – one shared with a tablet for trapped wind – as he let slip a terrible blunder in an attempt to defend the government’s actions.

In her grilling of Raab, presenter Kay Burley said: “[Carrie’s] sat down, with the baby, nursing the baby, there’s wine on the table, there’s cheese there, there’s at least 14, 15 other people in the garden.”

The justice secretary replied: “That’s because it’s a place of work, they’re all in suits or predominantly in formal attire … To be honest with you, the prime minister is in a suit, the officials there…

He went on: “So, some of them have taken their jackets off.”

Burley then responded: “So it’s only a business meeting if you’ve got a suit on?”

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Twitter users have since expressed shock and frustration at the “ridiculous” statement:

Personally I cannot wait for the next moment my Ted Baker suit jacket gets me out of trouble – cheers, Raab!

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