Dominique Raab has criticized Boris Johnson’s wife, Kerry, for criticizing him for trying to help him find senior positions as “deeply unpleasant”.
The deputy prime minister told Sky News reporter Kay Berley that this was part of what he described as “feeding fury” over any allegations against the prime minister.
Mr Raab said being targeted by Ms Johnson was “a way to get the prime minister”.
The comments came after sources told the Daily Mirror this week that the prime minister had discussed his wife’s role in the fall of 2020, either as the green ambassador for the COP26 summit or as communications director for the Duchess of Cambridge’s Earthshot Award.
Downing Street said the prime minister had never nominated his wife for public office, but did not deny that he had considered or considered the move.
This follows reports earlier that Mr Johnson had tried to hire Ms Johnson – before they got married – as his chief of staff when she was Secretary of State in 2018, a claim denied by Downing Street.
Labor MP Chris Bryant said the idea of appointing him a special adviser to the State Department during his relationship with him was “clearly corrupt”.
Mr Raab told Sky News that Mr Bryant’s language was “particularly irresponsible”. “Frankly, these attacks on Kerry are deeply troubling.”
He described the allegations as “inaccurate”.
“Frankly, what I think you are seeing is a political attack on Kerry as a way to get a prime minister. I think it’s wrong.
“There is a kind of fury on everything or anything that is even thrown there as a demand against the prime minister or, in this case, his wife. I think that is wrong.”
Regarding the calls for an investigation, Mr. Raab said: “After all, number 10 was very clear on this issue. I think it is a party attack. It is very unfortunate that Kerry is being used to attack the Prime Minister.
The allegation that Mr. Johnson tried to hire Kerry as his chief of staff was published in The Times on Saturday, but was removed from subsequent editions.
Downing Street confessed There were rumors among the “newspaper” of No. 10 after its initial publication, before its removal.
“Attacks on Kerry are deeply troubling,” Dominique Raab says after job allegations | Political news
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