Nicky Morgan fails to protect her high-level cabinet source
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Most journalists will go to great lengths to protect their sources. But some politicians – such as former education secretary Nicky Morgan – appear to take a more slapdash approach.
Appearing on Peston on Sunday, Morgan revealed that she had been contacted by an exasperated senior cabinet source who was mounting a concerted effort keep Philip Hammond in 11 Downing Street.
Morgan suggested that her source was very angry about the various attacks on the chancellor in the Sunday papers.
Such as one anonymous minister describing him as an “inept political operator in quite a crowded field” and a Tory grandee saying he was a "s***" who deserved to be "kicked down Whitehall".
"I think those who are calling for him to be sacked are incredibly self-indulgent," said Morgan.
"I have been contacted by a very senior Cabinet minister who is appalled at what she is reading in the newspapers this morning.
"It’s not on to have all of this, it’s not helpful for anybody to have ministers being attacked, whether it’s the chancellor or the foreign secretary when something as critical as Brexit negotiations are going on."
Of course, there is only one senior woman in the cabinet...
After letting slip, Morgan then made a belated bid to cover her tracks so as not to expose the home secretary's private moves.
"I’m not going to tell you who has been contacting me, but I think they are talking for others in the cabinet and the party."