David Davis defends Boris Johnson after 'serial attacks' from colleagues

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David Davis and Boris Johnson leave Downing Street. Image: Getty

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The former Brexit secretary, David Davis, has come out in support of Boris Johnson after what he claims are "serial attacks" on the MP.

In a broadcast live from the Conservative party conference, Mr Davis defended his "old mate" Boris, claiming he took "umbridge at the serial attacks" on him yesterday.

"Boris is an old mate, he's a rambunctious mate of mine, we have a fairly amusing relationship," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

 

 

"I did rather take umbridge at the serial attacks on him yesterday. Most obviously by the chancellor.

"The chancellor said you've got to have a grasp of detail as well as having a grand view. Well you know, this is a chancellor who two weeks ago was quoting from an out of date economic forecast that Whitehall said was wrong. This was a chancelllor who tried to introduce a national insurance policy which happened to be in contradiction to our manifesto.

 

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Mr Davis also confirmed his attendance at Boris Johnson's speech, set to take place later today.

"He's an important part of this campaign on Brexit and he'll have some important things to say on this so I'll listen," he said.

"I'm not interested in Boris' leadership campaign if that's what it is. That's not a matter for me."