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Minister denies business secretary lied over Treasury talks for energy crisis support for firms


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A minister has denied that the business secretary lied when he said there were talks ongoing in government about help for manufacturers and energy firms.

Appearing on Sky News, Home Office minister Damian Hinds was asked if Kwasi Kwarteng had lied when he made the claim about his department being in discussions with the Treasury, something that was denied by that department.

“Of course not,” Mr Hinds told Kay Burley.

“These unnamed sources stories come out from time to time,” he continued.

“The fact is government departments, government ministers, talk to each other the whole time and of course with an issue like this, with these rising global prices and business having to grapple and deal with it to make sure they break even and can make a margin of course that is something that the business secretary – and of course the energy secretary – is going to be totally focussed on.

“Something that the Treasury, of course, is also very focussed on as the economic management department of the nation.”

A Treasury source told Sky News on Sunday they are “not involved in any talks” and added that it wasn’t the first time Mr Kwarteng “has made things up in interviews”.

 Sky News

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