‘I couldn’t ask!’ Laura Kuenssberg erupts as daily briefing descends into chaos

‘I couldn’t ask!’ Laura Kuenssberg erupts as daily briefing descends into chaos

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg took to social media after Boris Johnson blocked the Government’s chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical advisor Professor Chris Whitty from responding to questions about Dominic Cummings’ alleged breach of lockdown rules Ms Kuenssberg also condemned the Prime Minister after being cut-off from answering any follow up questions.

She wrote on Twitter: “No follow up Q today, nor did the PM allow Vallence or Whitty to answer question about whether they were worried about example being set by Cummings’ behaviour.”

She added: “PM repeated his defence of his adviser and didn’t take 2nd question.

“So I couldn’t ask if he still believes Cummings acted ‘entirely legally’ as he had said, when police say they would have sent him home if they had stopped him in Barnard Castle.”

Ms Kuenssberg asked Boris Johnson about a statement from Durham Police released this afternoon, after the force said they would have sent the Prime Minister’s top advisor home, when he visited Barnard Castle during lockdown.

Mr Johnson said: “I have said quite a lot on this matter already and noticed Durham Police said they were going to take no action.”

He added: “I intend to draw a line under the matter.”

Mr Johnson then stopped Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick from answering by stating it is “unfair and unnecessary to ask them a political question”.

More to follow. 

Published at Thu, 28 May 2020 16:55:00 +0000