Priti Patel appeared to attack Rishi Sunak for not completely backing the Prime Minister over the Downing Street party issue.
“I support his call for patience while Sue Gray conducts her inquiry,” stated the Chancellor.
When asked if she agreed with Mr Sunak that “reserving judgement” was the best course of action, Mrs May replied: “No! Contrary. I have openly endorsed the Prime Minister, and you are speaking to the Home Secretary who supports the Prime Minister, his agenda, and the work we do.”
“We heard what the PM said yesterday in Parliament - he apologised and provided context,” Ms Patel added. He thanked workers. Let's not forget that was in May 2020, when there was a lot going on in Government.
The Commons Leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg, suggested that the Covid-19 limits may have been ignored in No 10 since “these guidelines were exceedingly difficult to obey”.
“We must assess whether all those regulations were proportionate, or whether they were too severe on people,” he told MPs.
However, if Ms Gray finds evidence of rule-breaking at Downing Street, Ms Malthouse said more action may be required. “We have to wait and see what the inquiry says, and then see what he has to say in the House of Commons,” he said.
Despite his lukewarm backing, Treasury Secretary Simon Clarke maintained Mr Sunak was “fully in favour” of the PM.