Welsh secretary Simon Hart’s car crash interview

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Simon Hart interviewed by Kay Burley on Sky News (Credit: Sky)

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart MP failed to enjoy the finest moment of his career in today’s appearance on Sky News with Kay Burley.

In fact, many political pundits have described it as “a car accident.”

In an exchange with the broadcaster about the fines imposed on Downing Street, the Tory MP seemed confused as to the exact number of fines imposed.

Asked about the Prime Minister overseeing 50 breaches of the law, Mr Hart said: ‘You know more about this than I do, I don’t know where you got 50 from…

Burley replied: ‘From the police…’ Before the Sky News presenter added: ‘Because 50 advisories have already been issued. So 50 times someone has broken the law in Downing Street.

In the same interview, Mr Hart also denied that Boris Johnson deliberately misled people with his initial denials that he had attended parties during the lockdown.

“I know that always makes everyone frustrated. There is a difference between deceiving and deliberately deceiving.

“We heard all that with Tony Blair and the war in Iraq, if you remember, weapons of mass destruction? And the suggestion at the time was that he had misled Parliament.

“That was the suggestion and the argument was whether it was deliberate or whether it was accidental.”

Principle

In an interview with Times Radio today, the Welsh Secretary said he doesn’t think the Prime Minister should step down even though he receives several fines following the police’s Operation Hillman investigation Metropolitan on the series of parties held in Downing Street during the Covid lockdown.

Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak were all fined on Tuesday over a rally in the Cabinet Room on June 19, 2020 to mark Mr Johnson’s 56th birthday.

Several newspapers have published articles suggesting that the Prime Minister could receive new fixed sanctions.

Photo of Simon Hart by Chris McAndrew (CC BY 3.0). Boris Johnson. Photo by Cancillería Argentina (CC BY 2.0).

Downing Street sources said they were awaiting the outcome of the ongoing investigation into Scotland Yard after Mr Johnson admitted further fines could follow, after attending six of the 12 events subject to the charges. ‘investigation.

Mr Hart told Times Radio: ‘I don’t necessarily see the difference between one or two (fines), for example, the principle is the same.

“I personally don’t think that for people in public life – or any other background, for that matter – it should necessarily be accompanied by another sanction, which is removal from your job or similar.”


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