Alastair Campbell clashes with Andrew Bridgen over 'propriety'
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BBC Newsnight saw Alastair Campbell clash fiercely with Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen over “propriety” in public office. The former Labour director of Communications launched a brutal attack on Boris Johnson over Matt Hancock’s resignation on the weekend. Mr Campbell was met with an angry rebuke from Mr Bridgen who clashed repeatedly with the former Downing Street spokesperson.
Mr Bridgen told BBC Newsnight: “Well, I think Alastair has got a very selective memory on the last Labour government.
“I thought we were going to talk about the Health Department, we have a crisis in health due to the pandemic.
“4.7 million people….”
The Tory MP was then interrupted by host Emily Maitlis, before snapping back: “Emily if you let me finish!”
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He continued: “4.7 million people waiting for appointments in the NHS the last time this happened was in 2007.
“We have the excuse of the pandemic that is what has caused this problem in our health service.
“What was Labour’s excuse in 2007 when the economy was booming just before their great recession in 2008.
“Can Alastair answer that question?”
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Mr Campbell replied: “You are losing the plot, you are losing the plot here.
“If you want to have an argument about how well your Government has handled the pandemic that we can have that.
“Do you agree with me that your government does not uphold standards that I listed there.
“Are they open for example about the Covid contracting? Are they transparent for example about some of these relationships we are seeing that have now come into the open?”
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He added: “Is the Prime Minister someone you trust to tell the truth because the public doesn’t.”
“Well the local elections tells a different story, Alastair,” replied Mr Bridgen.
“And we will see in the Batley and Spen by-election on Thursday whether it’s what the public thinks.”
Earlier Mr Campbell told BBC Newsnight: “In this Government, you will not get sacked for lying, you will not get sacked for cheating, you will not get sacked for being useless at your job like most of them are… but you will get sacked if you tell the truth about what’s happening in the country.”
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