Boris Johnson’s head of policy,Oldham born Munira Mirza, dramatically quit Downing Street this afternoon
Mirza said to be one of Johnson’s closest confidants, was protesting his Jimmy Savile smear against Keir Starmer.
She wrote in her resignation letter:
‘I believe it was wrong for you to imply this week that Keir Starmer was personally responsible for allowing Jimmy Savile to escape justice. There was no fair or reasonable basis for that assertion. This was not the usual cut and thrust of politics; it was an inappropriate and partisan reference to a horrendous case of child sex abuse. You tried to clarify your position today but, despite my urging, you did not apologise for the misleading impression you gave.’
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak also distanced himself from the Prime Minister, saying ‘I wouldn’t have said’ what he did about Starmer not prosecuting Savile when he was director of public prosecutions.