He broke the rules, at that event, I understand there’s at least one person at that event that has been fined for attending so it was an unlawful gathering. The Prime Minister, however long he was at it, should have sent everyone home. But, the thing is, it’s not just the events, it’s the fact that he has not been straightforward about it. I mean, you were on television on Sunday, Jo, you couldn’t get a straight answer out of a cabinet minister about whether a meeting happened and who called a meeting between the Prime Minister and Sue Gray. They’re not being straight about it.
I’m fed up with, and I said this in the House of Commons, my colleagues, a number of decent men and women who are being asked to go out on the television, day after day, and saying things that are frankly ridiculous and defending the indefensible. That’s not what a leader should do. When the Prime Minister gets asked about these things on television he says he can’t talk about them until Sue Gray comes out and yet ministers are sent out every day to frankly have to defend things that aren’t defensible.
Not being straight with people is a real problem. And that’s why I said to the Prime Minister he wasn’t worthy of his office and he should go. I have said that when he'd been found guilty of breaking the law and, I felt, not being straight with people and I stick to that view. I think anything that has happened since supports it.
My colleagues this week, when Sue Gray’s report is published, we think tomorrow, are going to have to make their decision about whether they are prepared to go along with it or not.
24 May 2022 – Mark Harper, Conservative MP since 2005, served as Minister of State for Immigration, Minister of State for Disabled People and Chief Whip of the House of Commons