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Sunday shows round-up: PM did not know of ‘specific allegations’ about Pincher, says Coffey

Sunday shows round-up: PM did not know of ‘specific allegations’ about Pincher, says Coffey
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Thérèse Coffey – PM did not know of ‘specific allegations’ about Pincher

There was only one question for the government to answer while in the hotseat this morning, and that related to the conduct of the deputy chief whip Christopher Pincher. Pincher resigned following a complaint which alleged that he had groped two men while drunk at the Carlton Club on Thursday. Sophie Raworth asked the Work & Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey if the Prime Minister had been aware of any untoward behaviour before appointing Pincher to his role:

‘I’m not part of the Westminster rumour mill’

Coffey’s answer to Raworth followed a difficult interview with Sophy Ridge on Sky News. Ridge was not forgiving of Coffey’s lack of detailed knowledge of the topic, and the discussion continued to go around in circles for several minutes:

Jonathan Reynolds – The government don’t take these things seriously

The muddle over the apparent renewal of the ‘Pestminster’ crisis allowed the Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds to take a free swipe at the Conservatives:

Andy Burnham – I support strikes over cost-of-living

The Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham set out his feelings about the recent rumblings of industrial action after a lukewarm response from the Labour frontbench at Westminster:

Dr Jenny Harries – Covid cases are likely to rise

Raworth also spoke to the head of the Health Security Agency, Dr Jenny Harries. Harries told her that the current wave of Covid cases was likely to increase over the next few months:

Lord Dannatt – UK troop cuts are ‘madness’

And finally, the Former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Richard Dannatt, criticised the government’s decision to cut the numbers of soldiers in the British army:

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Matthew Taylor reviews the Sunday politics shows for The Spectator

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