Gordon Brown appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss the rise of the Indian COVID-19 variant and the Government's handling of the pandemic. As
Gordon Brown appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss the rise of the Indian COVID-19 variant and the Government’s handling of the pandemic. As the conversation moved on to Boris Johnson’s texts with entrepreneur James Dyson to secure ventilators in exchange for tax breaks, the programme played the former prime minister a recording of Tony Blair supporting the Tory leader. Mr Brown has been a huge critic of MPs lobbying government as he was embarrassingly shown a division between himself and his predecessor which he has had a historic frosty relationship with.
Leaked texts between Boris Johnson and James Dyson last year show the PM saying he would ‘fix’ the issue of tax for the businessman in exchange for ventilators.
The messages have split opinions as many criticize the close connection between MPs and private businesses which seem to have a literal direct line to government.
However, some sympathize with the PM as the context was during a time the UK was desperate for PPE.
Mr Brown has been a staunch opponent to MPs lobbying the government and has called for a longer ban for politicians to lobby.
Current rules mean politicians must be out of office for two years before approaching ministers.
Mr Blair on the other hand said the lobbying rules were “pretty clean” and defended the texts from the PM.
But Labour shadow minister Rachel Reeve was grilled on whether Mr Blair’s record was clean as the former prime minister was hired by J.P Morgan as an advisor soon after he stepped down.
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