In the House of Commons earlier today (Wednesday 25th May), Michael Fabricant questioned the Prime Minister on the report from Sue Gray.
Michael asked: “I understand the outrage and anger of people in Lichfield and Burntwood and elsewhere, and indeed the Honourable Gentleman opposite (a Labour MP), who have lost loved ones.
“But I also understand, having been an employer, that attending an event where someone is leaving is considered to be a work event, and my Rt Hon Friend clearly got guidance from civil servants that turned out to be wrong.
“Can he now explain how the appointment of a new Permanent Secretary at Number 10 will make a difference in the future?”
The Prime Minister replied: Not only has the structure of Number 10 changed, so that there is more direct command & control for the whole building where hundreds and hundreds work, which was unclear before, there is also a new Permanent Secretary with direct responsibility for the whole office, as opposed to that function being addressed nominally by the Principal Private Secretary. As Sue Gray said, the lines of command were not clear previously.”
Later, Michael was interviewed by Geeta Guru-Murthy of the BBC News Channel.
And by Darren McCaffrey of GB News