Labour ‘know what a shamble is’ says Paymaster General
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Michael Ellis hit back at the claims from Labour’s Toby Perkins saying the Labour Party “know what a shambles is” during a ferocious debate in the House of Commons over the appointment of MP Steve Barclay as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Chief of Staff, a role usually held by a Civil Servant. It follows a row over whether Mr Barclay can carry out the new role alongside his job as the Duchy of Lancaster, as well as representing North-West Cambridgeshire as an MP.
The Chesterfield MP hammered: “This is absolutely the end of days!
“My right honourable friend from Ashton-under-Lyne [Angela Raynor] has asked very specific questions to the Paymaster General which he has been unable to answer.
“The reality is someone has been appointed to a job they haven’t yet decided what the responsibilities are!
“Will the paymaster general ensure that once they have understood what the gentlemen from North-East Cambridgeshire [Steve Barclay] is going to be doing, that he will come to this place…
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“And answer the questions that my right-honourable friend has reasonably asked so that we can actually hold him to account.
“Because this Government is an absolute shambles!”
Mr Ellis hit back: “Well, I resist the temptation to say that that is rich coming from the honourable gentlemen.
“He would know precisely, and his party would know precisely, what a shambles is!”
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He slammed: “And they prove that every day of the week!”
Mr Ellis stressed Mr Barclay will come to the House of Commons to answer questions on his new position in the future.
Mr Barclay has taken the place of Dan Rosenfield, who resigned on Thursday alongside three others in an exodus from Number 10 which sparked chaos for the Prime Minister.
Also resigning from their posts were Munira Mirza, Mr Johnson’s former head of policy, Martin Reynolds, his principal private secretary, and Jack Doyle, director of communications.
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In a letter to The Spectator, Munira Mirza accused Mr Johnson as being “wrong” for implying Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was “personally responsible for allowing Jimmy Savile to escape justice”, an untrue statement.
She added how there was “no fair or reasonable basis for that assertion” before going to say the comment, made at the Sue Gray report statement on Monday, was “an innapropriate and partisan reference to a horrendous case of child sex abuse”.
Ms Mirza added: “Despite my urging, you did not apologise for the misleading impression you gave.”
Mr Rosenfield, Mr Reynolds and Mr Doyle are believed to have resigned due to the partygate scandal.
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