Matt Hancock: Buckland grilled over ministers 'breaking rules'
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During The Great British Breakfast, GB News presenters Rosie Wright and Darren McCaffrey spoke with Justice Secretary Robert Buckland about Matt Hancock’s recent resignation as Health Secretary. The conversation took an unexpected turn when the hosts launched an attack on Boris Johnson and questioned why the Prime Minister didn’t sack the former Health Secretary rather than wait for him to resign.
McCaffrey began by simply asking the MP why the Prime Minister didn’t sack the Health Secretary before he resigned.
Although, in his response, Buckland didn’t appear to answer the GB News host’s question which is when he pushed him further for an answer.
“Yes, Matt Hancock did resign on Saturday,” the MP began. “The matter was dealt with I think very clearly.
“I think that Matt Hancock widely concluded that, because of what had happened, he couldn’t carry on with credibility and he’s no longer the Health Secretary and that is a clear demonstration of the situation.”
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“My question was, why didn’t he sack him?” McCaffrey continued as he appeared to get frustrated.
“We know the Health Secretary admitted he broke the rules. He’s the one that had drawn the rules, so surely the Prime Minister must see that is a sackable offence?”
The MP hit back: “This happened on the Friday, the news broke on the Friday morning, the Prime Minister read about it and by Saturday Matt Hancock had resigned.
“And we don’t think there is too much to dwell upon here. I think the decision was the right one.”
Wright asked: “The question is, Boris Johnson has had two opportunities, all these opportunities to fire people who publicly broke the rules and he hasn’t taken those up. How credible is he?”
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