Theresa May could lose her third Cabinet minister in as many weeks after Tory MPs piled pressure on Boris Johnson to quit as Foreign Secretary over his handling of the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – the British mum imprisoned in Iran since last April.
Nicky Morgan said this afternoon that Johnson “should be considering his position” after he claimed that she was teaching journalists in Iran rather than visiting family – a mistake which could see her five year sentence doubled.
Speaking on the Daily Politics, the former Education Secretary said somebody else should do the crucial job if Johnson isn’t prepared to put in the huge amount of work necessary:
— Daily&SundayPolitics (@daily_politics) November 13, 2017
Her comments came after former Business Minister Anna Soubry told the Westminter Hour last night that Johnson may have no choice but to walk if it’s proved he failed in his “first duty” to keep British citizens safe.
She also condemned Michael Gove’s attempt to defend Johnson as “bizarre”, saying the Foreign Secretary’s comments were simply “wrong”:
Despite evidence that he worsened Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s situation, Johnson is refusing to make a statement to Parliament clarifying his comments – as requested by her family.
He also again refused to give a direct answer to questions about her case as he arrived for a meeting in Brussels this morning:
— Georg von Harrach (@yourmeps) November 13, 2017
The situation will be debated in the Commons this afternoon after Labour secured an urgent question, which is presumably: Isn’t it time to sack the clown and the circus?