Cabinet ministers circle carriages in defense of Boris Johnson

Cabinet ministers have joined the Prime Minister in publicly bolstering support for Boris Johnson – with one notable exception who has yet to voice his support.

Senior Tories flooded broadcast studios and social media with praise for the Prime Minister after his admission he attended a ‘bring your own booze’ party at No 10 in May 2020 and fears over the revolt of conservatives have increased.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Johnson apologized and insisted he believed the event was work-related.

And Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries was the first to come out of the blocks in support of her boss, saying an investigation by senior civil servant Sue Gray must be allowed to go ahead.

Ms Dorries wrote on Twitter that ‘The Prime Minister was right to personally apologize earlier.

“People are hurt and angry about what happened and he took full responsibility for it. The investigation must now be allowed to do its job and establish all the facts about what happened.”

Responding to her post, Leveling Up secretary Michael Gove: “Nadine is right.

And the former leadership hopeful also backed the Prime Minister at the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, where he reportedly said Mr Johnson ‘takes big calls well’ and urged colleagues not to to be “flabby”.

Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab told ITV it was a “dumb question” when asked if he would run again for the Tory leadership.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab (Aaron Chown/PA)

“I fully support this prime minister and I’m sure he will continue for many years to come,” he said.

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng are said to have voiced their support in a Whatsapp group for Tory MPs.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘I totally understand why people feel let down. The PM did well to apologize.

“Now we have to let the investigation finish its job. We have so much to do, including rolling out boosters, testing and antivirals – so we can live with Covid.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Times Radio: ‘I think the Prime Minister was very contrite today, he apologized and he took full responsibility.

Meanwhile, House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told the broadcaster: ‘I think the Prime Minister has got it right again and again and again.

Cabinet meeting
Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg (Aaron Chown/PA)

“But like all of us, he accepts that for two and a half years there will be things that in hindsight would have been done differently.”

Asked if the Prime Minister would resign if Ms Gray’s report revealed wrongdoing, Environment Secretary George Eustice said: ‘I don’t think we should get ahead here. We should go step by step. “

And Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also backed the prime minister, as did Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

However, Chancellor Rishi Sunak had yet to publicly back Mr Johnson on Wednesday evening.

Mr Sunak, seen as a potential successor as Tory leader, was notably absent during a visit to Devon earlier in the day.

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