Education minister explains why she flipped off crowd
Andrea Jenkyns said she had to ‘stand up for herself’ by giving the middle finger to a gathering outside Downing Street
Newly appointed UK Education Minister explainedShe said she couldn’t stand the sight of Downing Street on Saturday because she felt she needed to “stand up for herself.”
Andrea Jenkyns (a Tory MP) made this rude gesture when she was booed by a crowd as she entered Downing Street on Thursday to see Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, deliver his resignation speech.
Reacting to the backlash, she said that the minister had been through it. “huge amounts of abuse from some of the people who were there over the years,”Additional information revealed that she was also subject to death threats. “I had reached the end of my tether,”She explained.
Jenkyns acknowledged that she “should have shown more composure,”Addition that she is “only a human.”
Some education workers deemed her apology insufficient. “In my 32 years as a teacher, 15 of them as headteacher, I inevitably dealt with moments of poor behavior and inappropriate conduct – from young people and staff,”Geoff Barton (general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders) saidOn Saturday, add that “I’m only human”It was never enough to excuse me.
Jenkyns’ comments came after Mark Spencer, the leader of the House of Commons, criticized her gesture as unacceptable. “I do understand emotions were running pretty high and they were pretty raw on that day,” he told BBC earlier, referring to the day of Boris Johnson’s resignation. “But I don’t think that was the right thing to do at all.”
Andrea Jenkyns was appointedOn July 8, Boris Johnson, the parliamentary secretary of state for education was made redundant and he had to rebuild his government in response to an influx of resignations. He announced Thursday that the UK’s prime minister would also be stepping down. However, he will still remain party leader and continue his duties until another successor is found.