Support 100 years of independent journalism.

13 May 2015

Watch: new Tory minister Priti Patel’s excruciating blather when asked if she still supports the death penalty

"Why are you not willing to say whether or not you believe something?"

By Media Mole

“It was made a long time ago and it is not relevant to today’s debate at all,” says Employment Minister Priti Patel about her comments in favour of the death penalty. 39485623746 times.

She actually made the comment on Question Time in 2011 (watch from 1.29):

The one good thing about Patel’s obfuscation is that apparently supporting capital punishment isn’t the Tory party line. Yet.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

Content from our partners
“I learn something new on every trip"
How data can help revive our high streets in the age of online shopping
Why digital inclusion is a vital piece of levelling up