“In terms of Boris Johnson, he is a triple gold plated sure fired election winner. I can’t recall an election he’s ever actually lost.”
Former Conservative Chairman Jake Berry has blasted Sue Gray for joining Labour and says he backs Boris Johnson for general election role.
Speaking to GB News this morning (SUNDAY), Mr Berry told Camilla Tominey that Labour’s appointment of the woman who investigated lockdown parties in Downing Street during the pandemic was “just another brick in the wall” in undermining Britons’ trust in the civil service.
He told the Camilla Tominey Show: “It’s this appearance of bias, this sort of appearance that Boris Johnson may have been subject to the biggest stitch up since the Bayeux Tapestry.”
Berry said the decision was a “mistake” by both Labour and Gray.
Berry continued: “In all my dealings with Sue Gray I’ve always found her completely fair and impartial. But I think it plays into this biggest idea, that the British people voted for Brexit, and I was in Government and I saw first hand civil servants at every turn try to frustrate Brexit.
“I saw first hand civil servants at every turn try to frustrate Brexit.”
“The British people then voted for Boris Johnson to actually deliver the Brexit they had voted for a couple of years earlier, and then it feels like because of this appointment of Sue Gray we then saw the civil rice try to frustrate and remove Boris Johnson from office.
“So I cannot help what the civil drive does and how it may be perceived by the Great British public, that’s for the great British public to decide.
“It’s the civil service itself which is creating this perception. I think the appointment of Sue Gray unfortunately is just another brick in the wall.”
He warned that the behaviour of the civil service in recent years risked Britons thinking of mandarins: “You actually don’t work for us, you work for yourself, you don’t work for our country, you don’t believe in what we believe in.”
Gray’s report on Covid rule breaking in Government was published last May and concluded that senior leadership in Downing Street “must bear responsibility” for social gatherings which should not have been allowed to take place.
“More junior civil servants believed that their involvement was permitted given the attendance of senior leaders,” she concluded.
“The senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture.”
On Friday Johnson told broadcasters that people may now look at the Gray inquiry in a “different light” following her appointment to Starmer’s office.
He said: “If you told me at the time I commissioned Sue Gray to do the inquiry, if you told me all the stuff that I now know, I think I might have cross-examined her more closely about her independence.”
Starmer has refused to say when conversations with Gray began about a role in Labour.
Berry told GB News this morning that the hiring of Gray was proof Labour was not on the side of ordinary Britons.
He said: “The appointment of Sue Gray I think proves that Sir Keir Starmer is a man of the establishment, he’s basically worked in the establishment his entire life – not least as he keeps telling us as the chief prosecutor for the UK.
“Any Government he heads is not going to work for the people of Lancashire, it’s not going to work for your GB News viewers, it’s an establishment government that wants to preserve the status quo, and I got into politics to change that, to fight for people in the north.”
Meanwhile Mr Berry also backed Boris Johnson to play a role in the Tories next General Election campaign.
He said: “I’ve said in the past that interventions by former prime ministers should be like sex in a long and happy relationship, infrequent but anticipated with glee – that applies to Boris Johnson.
“I’ve said in the past that interventions by former prime ministers should be like sex in a long and happy relationship, infrequent but anticipated with glee – that applies to Boris Johnson.”
“He absolutely has a huge role to play in British public life but I think he needs to enable Rishi Sunak to lead not just my party but our country forward to an election victory. In terms of Boris Johnson, he is a triple gold plated sure fired election winner. I can’t recall an election he’s ever actually lost.
“And so I’m sure as we get nearer to the general election, he will play a huge part not least in that campaign, but in the government going around talking to people about delivering the people’s priorities.”
Source: GB News
The Conservative Post believes Sue Gray’s appointment and her legal advising barrister who showed either direct bias against the PM or apparent bias against him, means the Sue Gray report cannot now stand as an official document going forward.