James Cleverly defended Boris Johnson’s no-show and Nish Kumar had the brilliant last word

As you’ll have seen by now, Boris Johnson declined to turn up to Channel 4’s climate debate last night and was replaced by a block of ice.

Anyway, Tory party chairman James Cleverly was naturally very keen to defend the so-called PM from accusations that he was running scared.

Particularly after Michael Gove turned up and offered to fill in for Johnson, but was politely turned away.

Here’s what Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear had to say.

Cue Cleverly.

Enter Kumar.



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