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Conservative Robert Buckland skewered over Tory punch 'lie' in car crash interview – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk

Conservative Robert Buckland skewered over Tory punch 'lie' in car crash interview – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk


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The Justice Secretary was skewered during a live TV interview overfalse claims that a Tory aide was punchedby aLaboractivist.

Robert Buckland was warned “there is no untruth that can’t be told” by the Tories as host Nick Robinson told him: “Is there no institution safe when the Prime Minister’s in trouble?

“He attacks the courts, he misleads the Queen, he attacks Parliament, he attacked Channel 4 last week, now it’s the BBC. Anything to get into power. “

He appeared on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Breakfast this morning in a bid to get the Conservative election campaign back on track following Monday’s day of disaster.

It began when the Prime Ministerrepeatedly refused to look at a photo of a sick four-year-old boylying on an overcrowded A&E floor during a live TV interivew.

There were then protests outside Leeds General Infirmary as Health Secretary Matt Hancock visited the boy’s family in a damage control exercise.

A Tory aide was allegedly punched by a Labor activist – butvideo footage later revealed this to be a “bare-faced lie”and the aide simply walked into a protester’s outstretched arm.

Mr Buckland agreed “it might be some accidental contact”, calling it a “very confusing and fluid scene.”

He then went on to accuse the protesters of staging an “orchest rated “confrontation, blaming them for what he called a” public order incident. “

Dan Walker grills Robert Buckland on BBC Breakfast

“It seems like some sort of public order incident,” he told the BBC. “People are shouting. People are trying to get out of the way of that to avoid a confrontation. ”

Mr Buckland continued, saying it“ was an acceptable scene ”and accused the protesters of going to the hospital “to create some sort of scene.”

He added: “I’ve got to ask the question – how does that advance Democratic debate? Surely it’s far better that we have a reasonable debate … rather than people gesticulating and shouting at the Health Secretary and his team outside what is after all a hospital, which should be a place of safety and tranquility. “

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justice secretary insisted the PM’s response was normal

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