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An explosive front-page article claiming Boris Johnson said he would rather “let bodies pile up in the thousands” rather than impose a third nationwide lockdown is “bogus” and has “almost no evidence,” said affirmed the Secretary of Defense.
Ben Wallace told BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning that it was “very deeply unfair” to repeat the allegations published in Monday’s Daily Mail.
the history quoted an anonymous source “close” to Minister Michael Gove, saying the Prime Minister declared “more lockdowns – let bodies pile up in the thousands” after reluctantly agreeing to introduce a second coronavirus lockdown in October.
A government source quoted in the article described the allegation as “just another lie” as the Downing Street briefing war continues to escalate.
Wallace sought to screw up the story, saying today, “This is just plain wrong.
“If you read the cover of the newspaper in question, there is no source.
“He’s not saying who said that. It’s who said, he said, she said by someone without attribution with almost no evidence. To keep repeating it is really deeply unfair.”
The allegation is the latest extraordinary briefing in a saga that threatens to engulf a Downing Street operation that already faces several accusations of belief.
Dominic Cummings, the former chief adviser to the Prime Minister, posted an explosive blog on Friday that made a series of allegations about his former boss, including that he wanted Tory donors to fund his contentious renovation of the ‘apartment. Wallace insisted Johnson pay for the renovation himself, repeating what Commerce Secretary Liz Truss told media on Sunday, and told host Nick Robinson: “Do I think Premier minister is suspicious?
He described the prime minister as an “absolutely first class leader” and insisted that the government “will be held accountable” for any wrongdoing.
“For both critics and accusers, there is a parliament to deliver this,” he said.
“That’s why Parliament is here.
“The Labor Party can ask urgent questions and there is no doubt that it will do so today or tomorrow.
“I have lost count of the number of parliamentary committees that carry out investigations. We have already heard of the former adviser at number 10 [Cummings] testify at an inquest. They are all tools. The more reports, the more freedom of information, the better the electoral commission.
“All are there to hold us all accountable. And we will be held accountable.”
Wallace said the latest interest register, which critics accused the government of delaying to avoid embarrassment, would be released “soon” and insisted there was “no attempt to cover up or conspiracy”.
The financial interests of ministers were last published in July 2020 but the ministerial code states that it must be published “twice a year”.
“It’s extremely precious to me,” he said. “I was the very first MP to publish my expenses, long before any scandal, in their entirety, in full transparency.”