Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn both REFUSE to back Prince Andrew

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn both REFUSE to back Prince Andrew

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn both REFUSE to back Prince Andrew as they dodge ‘is he fit for purpose’ question during leadership debate

  • Johnson and Corbyn both focused on victims of sexual abuse in their answers 
  • It comes as Prince Andrew faces backlash over friendship with Jeffrey Epstein 
  • He gave a car-crash BBC interview on his relationship with the paedophile 
  • Johnson also said that the institution of the monarchy is beyond reproach  

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn refused to back Prince Andrew when asked whether of not he is fit for purpose during their leadership debate.

During a quickfire round the last segment of the debate on ITV, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition were asked about the Duke of York.

It comes as the prince is facing heavy criticism this week over his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in prison. 

Johnson and Corbyn both dodged the question of whether or not Prince Andrew is ‘fit for purpose’ during the debate 

Hosting Tuesday night’s leadership debate in Salford, Julie Etchingham asked the Labour and Tory leaders: ‘Is Prince Andrew fit for purpose?’

Corbyn said: ‘Before we discuss Prince Andrew, I think we should discuss the victims that are there because of what Epstein was doing and I think there are very, very serious questions that must be answered and nobody should be above the law.’

Johnson said: ‘All our sympathy should be with the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and the law must certainly take its course.’ 

It came as follow-up to a question sent in by a viewer watching at home. The original question sent in to ITV was: ‘Is the Monarchy fit for purpose.’


Johnson (left) said the institution of the Monarchy is beyond reproach but Corbyn (right) said the Monarchy could do with some improvements 

Corbyn fired back that it ‘needs a bit of improvement’ but Johnson followed with ‘the institution of the monarchy is beyond reproach’. 

Since Andrew’s Newsnight appearance five huge names – including Aon and KPMG – dropped their financial backing for his charity. He spoke with Emily Maitlis in the interview, which aired on the BBC on Saturday.

In the interview, Andrew denied having sex with Epstein trafficking victim Virginia Roberts, who said she slept with when she was 17.

In his car crash interview, Andrew questioned whether a picture showing him with Ms Roberts – now Giuffre – was accurately showing him with his hand around her waist at the London home of Epstein’s girlfriend.

Viewers responded with fury at his claims, which included that he wasn’t sure whether it was taken in London because he wasn’t wearing a full suit. 

 

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