WATCH: Supine protoplasmic invertebrate jelly Matt Hancock's D-Day defence of Boris Johnson

Written by John Johnston on 10 July 2019 in Diary

Matt Hancock has been forced to launch a cringing defence of Boris Johnson as he continues his campaign to cling-on to his cabinet post.

The former One Nation Tory leadership hopeful was forced to deny he was a "sellout" for continuing to support Boris Johnson despite his refusal to rule out proroguing Parliament in a bid to deliver Brexit by October 31.

During his failed leadership bid, Mr Hancock had suggested the extreme step of blocking MPs from the Commons would be insulting to World War Two veterans who fought on the beaches of Normandy to protect democracy.

"This idea from some people that to deliver Brexit we should suspend our parliamentary democracy, that we should prorogue Parliament, that goes against everything those men wading onto those beaches fought and died for," he told supporters on the anniversary of D-Day.

"And I will not have it. They made that sacrifice so we could create a better world and we have.”

Tory leadership favourite Mr Johnson has repeatedly hinted that he may be willing to take the step if he cannot secure a new deal with the EU, insisting on Tuesday that he was "not going to take anything off the table".



But speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire, Mr Hancock said he had not abandoned his principles in order to save his Cabinet career.

"My principles are that I have had to choose between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to become the next Prime Minister, and I tihnk of those two that it is quite clear to me that Boris Johnson has the best chance of us leaving the EU with a deal and then moving the country forward and getting things to happen," he said.

The Health Secretary's herculean effort to avoid criticising his new boss continued on GMB, refusing more than a dozen questions on the Sir Kim Darroch fiasco after Mr Johnson was accused of being a "coward" for refusing to stand up to President Trump over the row.



In a fiesty 10 minute confrontation with presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, the bumbling cabinet minister said he was being "diplomatic" in his answers, adding: "It's really, really straightforward - which is that I think Sir Kim is terrific and at the same time, we also have to reset what's become a difficult relationship".

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