Hi hon, how was your day? Northamptonshire MP wheeled out to defend the indefensible

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This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Attribution: Chris McAndrew

Michael Ellis Boris Johnson’s Paymaster General and MP for Northampton North, today spent his lunch hour in the House of Commons, stonewalling question after question about yesterday’s #partygate revelations from ITV.

Poor Michael Ellis. Today, he drew the shortest of straws. Somehow, it fell to him to stand up in the House of Commons to answer Angela Rayner’s urgent question about Boris Johnson’s knowledge of, attendance at, and general connivance with an (alleged) BYOB drinks gathering in the garden of 10 Downing Street on 20th May 2020. Which would have been illegal at the time.

I guess that’s what happens when you’re Paymaster General. A job with no actual meaning means you’re left having to do whatever the boss says.

Few Tory MPs turned up to support Boris Johnson. Even Boris Johnson didn’t turn up to support Boris Johnson.

MP after MP related heart-breaking examples of stories about May 2020 that they had been told by their constituents. A woman who couldn’t hold a proper funeral for her mother. A sister unable to visit her brother in his care home. DUP member Jim Shannon broke down in tears as he told the House about his mother-in-law who died alone last year.

All anyone wanted to know was why is Boris Johnson is refusing to answer the question of whether or not he was at that party. Surely he must know?

All Ellis could possibly say (and he said it and he said it and he said it again) is that everyone should wait for the results of the investigation.

So don’t ask him how his day has been. He’ll probably just tell you to wait for the results of the investigation. No, don’t ask him how his day has been. Just remember that his majority in Northampton North is only five and a half thousand.

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