‘Did PM not want to offend Carrie?’ Marr and Truss in huge Boris row ‘It’s tittle-tattle!’

Andrew Marr quizzes Truss on Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds

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Former top adviser to Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, accused Mr Johnson of seeking to stop an inquiry into the leak of plans for a second coronavirus lockdown after he was warned it could implicate Henry Newman, a close friend of his fiancee. Mr Marr asked the International Trade Secretary: “Six months ago somebody leaked the government’s plans for the November lockdown. Is it possible the Prime Minister wanted that inquiry to be stopped because he was fearful that the outcome would offend his girlfriend?”

Ms Truss told the Andrew Marr Show: “I think this is a complete load of Westminster tittle-tattle that people simply don’t care about.

“The fact is the inquiry is ongoing.

“This is being looked into.”

Mr Marr interjected: “They care about the handling of the lockdown very much.”

Ms Truss continued: “Absolutely which is why as a government we’re focusing on making sure we come out of lockdown the right way.

“Making sure the public is protected, making sure the vaccine programme is rolled out.

“Not this stream of allegations about personnel issues.”

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