PM has nothing to apologise for over Jimmy Savile claim, Gove insists
Michael Gove has attracted anger after saying that Boris Johnson need not apologise for comments he made about Keir Starmer and Jimmy Savile in the commons earlier this week.
The prime minister had claimed that the leader of the opposition failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile while director of public prosecutions, despite fact-checking charity Full Fact finding this to be false in 2020.
But asked this morning whether the prime minister had anything to apologise for, Gove said: "No".
#KayBurley - Do you think Boris Johnson has anything to apologise for over the Jimmy Savile smear? \n\nMichael Gove - No... this is a uniquely sensitive issue & it does need to be handled with carepic.twitter.com/prMBzmaphT
He added: "I think this is a uniquely sensitive issue and it does need to be handled with care, and I listen with enormous respect to those who act for victims of the actions of a terrible, terrible criminal.
"But – and it's not a subject that I want to dwell on because it is uniquely sensitive – it is the case that the CPS apologised for the handling of this case and what happened in 2009, and I think we should acknowledge that an apology was given at the time and respect that."
Just woke to Gove defending the Savile comments..\n#AllToriesAreScumpic.twitter.com/WU42n2InKW
— Darren Chesterton \ud83d\udc99 (@Darren Chesterton \ud83d\udc99)
Michael Gove agrees with Boris Johnson telling lies about Jimmy Savile \n\nThis is the level of respect the Tories have for people\n\nThey\u2019ve upset the Savile victims , fed the right wing trolls & used abuse as a tool.\n\nZero shame\n\n#ToriesUnfitToGovern #BBCBreakfast #ALiarNotALeaderpic.twitter.com/G0YiDH77dT
Michael Gove:\n\u2022 backs Boris Johnson\u2019s Jimmy Savile slur\n\u2022 supported Murdoch papers over phone-hacking\n\u2022 wants \u201cChristian forgiveness\u201d for Johnson\u2019s illegal lockdown parties.\n\u2022 Must be banished to the Phantom Zone.