‘Did you not ask Number 10?’ Sophy Ridge explodes at Zahawi over Boris-Gray row

Nadhim Zahawi denounces Starmer’s ‘hypocrisy’ over 'Beergate'

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Nadhim Zahawi struggled to explain the meeting between the Prime Minister and the leader of the investigation into partygate, Sue Gray.

Sky News broadcaster, Sophy Ridge asked the Education Secretary for his response to the Number Ten meeting.

She asked: “This meeting that was apparently held between Sue Gray and the Prime Minister – who called that meeting?”

Mr Zahawi responded: £I don’t know the details of all the meetings that happen at Number Ten, but what I do know is that the Prime Minister has never intervened in the investigation Sue Gray conducted.

“He has always wanted her to go wherever the evidence takes her.”

The Education Secretary defended the independence and depth of the investigation conducted by Ms Gray.

“I’ve worked with Sue Gray, I know Sue Gray, I know she has the highest level of professionalism and her integrity is unquestionable. 

“She didn’t pull her punches in her first report, you remember?

“Then the PM came to Parliament, made the changes, in fact, in Number Ten because her report was critical of the way Number Ten was operating and the Prime Minister mad wholesale changes in Number Ten.” 

He added: “Of course, she will decide when to publish her report and the Prime Minister will respond to that as well.”

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