‘With respect!’ Laura Kuenssberg skewers squirming Tory MP in double standards attack

Laura Kuenssberg grills Courts on his defence of Johnson

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Laura Kuenssberg issued a fiery rebuttal to Conservative transport minister Robert Courts who suggested the public should forget about Partygate and the Tory civil war and instead focus on the achievements of Boris Johnson. Mr Court understood there was frustration with Downing Street over the gatherings but it was important to remember the record the Conservatives have leading the country. Ms Kuenssberg was irritated at the diversion, arguing many people across the country were angry at the Tories with many constituents now getting in contact with MPs to share their tough stories of lockdown.

Speaking on BBC Politics Live, Mr Courts remarked how Boris Johnson was an “election winner” who has led the country through “unprecedentedly difficult times”.

But presenter Jo Coburn tried to corner the minister following the attack from David Davis where he told the Prime Minister “in the name of god, go”.

Mr Courts tried to squirm out of the questioning by bringing up the “extraordinary record” the Conservatives have.

Ms Kuenssberg tagged in and laid into the minister for ignoring the concerns of many people.

She said: “With respect, many of your colleagues are not looking at that and many of their constituents are not looking at that.

“With respect, many of them are looking at Boris Johnson yesterday hanging his head almost seemingly unable to answer questions about what’s going on.

“People are looking at photographs that have emerged from things going on in Downing Street during lockdown.

“Many of your colleagues have told me this week about really angry emails from constituents who they’ve never heard of with their own stories about the pain that they went through during the pandemic.

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“And comparing that to what they see as complete double standards at the very top of government.

“What many of your colleagues are also looking at, looking on with disbelief, is the claim from the Prime Minister so no one told me it was against the rules.

“When the rules were signed off by him, announced to our viewers by him day after day after day during a national emergency.

“So yes, there may be things absolutely that you want to emphasise about the record but you can’t say hand on heart that’s the only thing that he will be judged on?”

Mr Courts understood the concerns from the public on the matter and said he could accept there was anger and upset out there.

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However, he doubled down on his statement and said it was more important for the country to “rally behind” what the Prime Minister has achieved during his premiership.

Mr Johnson suffered several serious blows during PMQs on Wednesday after red wall Tory backbencher, Christian Wakeford, defected to the Labour Party moments before the speech.

He wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister: “You and the Conservative Party as a whole have shown themselves incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves.”

Former minister David Davis also turned on Mr Johnson, adding to a growing list of Tory MPs who are publicly turning on the Prime Minister.

He said: “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take. Yesterday he did the opposite of that. So, I will remind him of a quotation that may be familiar to his ear…

“‘You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. In the name of God, go.'”

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