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Sky News' Mark Austin clashes with Michael Fabricant in Partygate interview

Sky News' Mark Austin clashes with Michael Fabricant in Partygate interview

Sky News presenter Mark Austin hit back tonight at a Tory MP who claimed nurses drank work drinks during the lockdown amid debate over Boris Johnson and his fine for violating restrictions.

The Prime Minister, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were among more than 30 other recipients of fines handed out by Scotland Yard on Tuesday.

The fines were handed out in connection with a meeting in the cabinet room where cake was served, meaning Mr Johnson became the first sitting prime minister in history to be punished for breaking the law while in office.

MP Michael Fabricant took to the air tonight to defend his party leader and insisted: “He only had meetings with people he had worked with constantly all day anyway.”

In a tense interview, Austin broadcaster then addressed comments the Lichfield MP allegedly made about doctors and nurses drinking together after services at the height of the pandemic.

Mr Fabricant clarified his comments by saying: ‘I said I know some nurses – quite understandably, and I do not judge them – who after a long day in the wards, absolutely exhausted – this is pre-vaccination available, before the antiviral drugs are available – then go back to the staff room and have a quiet drink.

“Honestly, I can’t blame them. You call that a party?’

However, the journalist reacted resolutely, telling the MP: ‘For the record, my wife is an emergency room doctor and I can assure you that there was nothing like that in her hospital, they were exhausted, completely exhausted the whole time. Covid.’

Sky News host Mark Austin hit back tonight at a Tory MP who claimed nurses had working drinks during the lockdown amid debate over Boris Johnson and his fine for violating restrictions

Sky News host Mark Austin hit back tonight at a Tory MP who claimed nurses had working drinks during the lockdown amid debate over Boris Johnson and his fine for violating restrictions

MP Michael Fabricant went on air tonight to defend his party leader but was shot over claims of health workers drinking together after services at the height of the pandemic

MP Michael Fabricant went on air tonight to defend his party leader but was shot over claims of health workers drinking together after services at the height of the pandemic

Austin told the MP: 'For the record, my wife is an emergency room doctor and I can assure you there was nothing going on in her hospital like that, they were exhausted, completely exhausted during Covid'

Austin told the MP: ‘For the record, my wife is an emergency room doctor and I can assure you there was nothing going on in her hospital like that, they were exhausted, completely exhausted during Covid’

Boris Johnson today became the first serving Prime Minister in history to be punished for breaking the law, as Number 10 confirmed he will receive a fixed fine (FPN) for attending a Cabinet room birthday party hosted by his wife. .

Boris Johnson today became the first serving Prime Minister in history to be punished for breaking the law, as Number 10 confirmed he will receive a fixed fine (FPN) for attending a Cabinet room birthday party hosted by his wife. .

The Prime Minister, along with his wife and colleague, were sanctioned by Operation Hillman for breaking the law in illicit events that took place as millions of ordinary Britons showed self-sacrifice and adhered to restrictive Covid rules for the good of the country.

But tonight, speaking from Checkers, the prime minister refused to resign, insisting that at the time he had not believed he was breaking the rules – rules he had put in place.

Mr Fabricant also jumped on his defense saying: ‘I think what was going through his mind, and we’ll have to hear it from him on Tuesday, was that these were people he worked with cheek after cheek, hour after hour in Downing. At the time, Street was also looking for a vaccine program for the UK, which of course he succeeded.

“We were the first country in the world to introduce the vaccine program and months ahead of Europe, not that that’s an excuse.

“I think he would have thought he wasn’t really breaking the rules because these were people he was working with and therefore he wouldn’t have spread the contamination, and that’s what the rules were about.

“You have to bear in mind there are about 360 offices, it’s quite a mess, Downing Street, and the upstairs flat for Rishi and the separate flat for the Prime Minister… the doors tend to open all the time. to stand. time.’

He added: “Had he spread the disease, not only would he have broken the rules – and I would have demanded his resignation – he would have been reckless with other people’s lives.

‘But that wasn’t the case, was it? He only met people with whom he had worked constantly all day.’

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