Nadhim Zahawi used his broadcast spherical this morning to defend Boris Johnson after an image emerged of him collaborating in a web-based Downing Road quiz surrounded by colleagues.
Labour criticised the Prime Minister over the reported occasion, which the Sunday Mirror claims occurred on December 15. Downing Road stated the Conservative Occasion chief had “briefly” taken half “just about” within the quiz.
Mr Zahawi advised Sky Information: “What will we see in that image? We see a Prime Minister on a digital quiz night time for 10 to 15 minutes to thank his employees who, by the best way, had no selection however to return in each single day, sitting in his workplace with the 2 people who find themselves closest working with him. Many individuals would have had comparable Zoom quiz nights across the nation.
“The Prime Minister stated to the perfect of his data, there have been no events, any events. He additionally stated that the foundations had been adopted, and also you noticed that within the image right this moment it is a digital Zoom name not the rest. I believe the nation will perceive that now as a result of the hype round it was these events right here the place individuals had been mixing and plenty of drinks was had been flowing.”
Mr Zahawi went on to double down on his defence of the Prime Minister in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Present, as he added: “On a digital name, on a Zoom assembly, thanking his group… There’s no drink right here, I don’t suppose there’s a rule towards recognising Christmas with tinsel or a hat.
“Ten or 15 minutes to thank his group, who had been working all hours, on a display in a digital pub quiz. I believe individuals could make their very own minds up.”