Jacob Rees-Mogg came out and bat for “patriot” James Dyson in parliament today.
The leader of the House of Commons said we should “praise” the vacuum billionaire after he was caught up in a fresh lobbying scandal.
According to BBC reports Boris Johnson personally promised Sir James he would “fix” an issue over the tax status of his employees after he was directly lobbied by the entrepreneur.
The exchanges took place in March last year at the start of the pandemic when the Government was appealing to firms to supply ventilators amid fears the NHS could run out.
Despite giving Dyson assurances his firm’s ventilators were never put to use by the NHS.
Jacob Rees-Mogg – "We should praise James Dyson" pic.twitter.com/hBaFTIpHrY— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) April 22, 2021
Downing Street today announced an internal inquiry into the leak of private text messages between the pair.
No 10 had initially said there would not be a probe into how the exchange was made public, but a change of course was announced on Thursday as it said an internal inquiry will be led by the Cabinet Office.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “I can confirm that, yes, we have instructed the Cabinet Office to look into this.
“The position has changed from yesterday – it was correct at the time yesterday but, as usual, we keep things under review and we have now decided to undertake this internal inquiry.
“As you would expect, we continually look at this and the position we decided today is that we want to make sure we have this internal inquiry into that.”
The spokesman confirmed the inquiry will examine the source of leaks of Mr Johnson’s private communication “as related to this issue of Dyson”.