Tory peer: Boris Johnson stated overseas secretary job like being in ‘metal condom’



ormer Scottish Conservative chief Ruth Davidson has stated Boris Johnson described his time as overseas secretary as like being “imprisoned in a metal condom”.

Mr Johnson turned overseas secretary in 2016 and resigned in 2018 over Theresa Might’s Brexit plans, however not earlier than first attracting criticism for making feedback Richard Ratcliffe stated “enabled a propaganda marketing campaign” in opposition to his British-Iranian spouse Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who was being held in Tehran.

Chatting with LBC’s Iain Dale at a latest Edinburgh Fringe occasion, Baroness Davidson stated: “He as soon as described being overseas secretary to me as like being enclosed in a metal condom. I discovered it odd as a result of I hadn’t requested him.

I’ve by no means heard that as a phrase… it might definitely have an effect on efficiency…

“I believe he meant the quantity of consideration he had from civil servants to ensure he didn’t say something. Imprisoned in a metal condom is what he stated,” she added, in feedback reported by The Each day Telegraph.

“I’ve by no means heard that as a phrase… it might definitely have an effect on efficiency, however this isn’t my space of experience as I believe you’ve already coated.”

Baroness Davidson resigned the management of the Scottish Tories in August 2019 shortly after Mr Johnson turned PM and was given a life peerage within the Home of Lords in July 2021.

The 43-year-old has not been afraid to criticise Mr Johnson, together with early final month saying it was “arrant nonsense” for him to stay till a brand new chief is elected.

In the meantime, Downing Avenue has signalled it it nonetheless dedicated to helping a parliamentary inquiry into whether or not Mr Johnson lied to MPs over lockdown events in No 10.

Main allies of the Prime Minister have attacked the investigation by the Commons Privileges Committee denouncing it as a “witch hunt”.

It follows experiences that a variety of the committee members – together with among the Conservatives – have made public feedback vital of Mr Johnson’s conduct throughout the “partygate” scandal.

Nonetheless, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated No 10 stood prepared to help the committee in its inquiries – and will proceed to take action after Mr Johnson leaves workplace subsequent month.

Baroness Davidson in July stated it was was ‘arrant nonsense’ for Boris Johnson to stay in No 10 till a brand new chief is elected (Jane Barlow/PA) / PA Archive

The spokesman additionally defended Mr Johnson’s vacation along with his spouse, Carrie, in Slovenia amid criticism he was “lacking in motion” throughout the cost-of-living disaster.

“I believe the general public perceive that it isn’t uncommon for the Prime Minister – for ministers – to take a while off throughout the summer time recess,” they stated.

The spokesman added that the journey had not concerned using taxpayers’ cash, however declined to say whether or not Mr Johnson – who’s now again working in Downing Avenue – had paid for it himself.

“No taxpayers’ cash was used for this. This was a personal vacation. Any declarations will likely be made if required,” they stated.

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