Labour MP Yvette Cooper also shared a screenshot of an article from The Independent published in September 2020 in which Patel insisted she would call the police if her neighbours were holding parties and flouting the rule of six restrictions in England at the time.
Cooper commented: “Sept 2020 Priti Patel said she’d call police to report neighbours holding parties. Today she’s defending Boris Johnson after he admitted doing just that.
“As Home Sec she’s responsible for upholding the rule of law for all. Not one rule for your mates & another for everyone else.”
Sept 2020 Priti Patel said she’d call police to report neighbours holding parties.
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Following the apology, cabinet ministers have rallied behind the prime minister, flooding broadcast studios and social media with praise for Johnson.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she stands behind the prime minister 100 per cent, while Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC it was a “daft question” when asked whether he would run again for the Tory leadership.
“I’m fully supportive of this prime minister and I’m sure he will continue for many years to come,” he said.
The Prime Minister is delivering for Britain - from Brexit to the booster programme to economic growth. I stand beh… https://t.co/lfAvnUhNIM
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak also took to Twitter following yesterday’s apology.
Dorries wrote: “PM was right to personally apologise earlier. People are hurt and angry at what happened and he has taken full responsibility for that. The inquiry should now be allowed to its work and establish the full facts of what happened [sic].”
Gove added: “Nadine is right.”
Sunak said: “The PM was right to apologise and I support his request for patience while Sue Gray carries out her enquiry.”
Following speculation over why he had not publicly supported Mr Johnson earlier, he said: “I’ve been on a visit all day today continuing work on our #PlanForJobs as well as meeting MPs to discuss the energy situation.”
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Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also reportedly expressed his support the Tory MP Whatsapp group.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I completely understand why people feel let down. The PM did the right thing by apologising.
“Now we need to let the investigation complete its work. We have so much to get on with including rolling out boosters, testing and antivirals – so we can live with Covid.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Times Radio: “I think the prime minister was very contrite today, he apologised and he took full responsibility.”
Meanwhile, Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told the broadcaster: “I think the prime minister has got things right again and again and again.
“But like us all, he accepts that during a two-and-a-half-year period, there will be things that with hindsight would have been done differently.”
Asked if the PM will resign if Ms Gray’s report found wrongdoing, Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “I don’t think we should get ahead of ourselves here. We should take this a step at a time.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace also backed the PM, as did International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden, Attorney General Suella Braverman and Cop26 President Alok Sharma.