We’re wondering whether this is a first. Plenty of prime ministers have declared their full confidence in a minister before casting them off. But has any minister claimed to have the full confidence of a prime minister? We can’t think of another example. I can’t imagine it bodes well.
Here is the rest of Blears’ statement to the BBC.
I will be carrying on doing exactly that – doing my job. The prime minister has said I acted withion the rules. I have been in Salford politics and my community for 30 years, people know me and they know the kind of person I am. As I said and as the Prime Minister said very clearly, I acted within the rules