Gove: I don't know what jailed Briton was doing in Iran

Gove: I don't know what jailed Briton was doing in Iran

Gove: I don't know what jailed Briton was doing in Iran

He later sought to clarify his remarks, telling the Commons the "UK Government has no doubt she was on holiday".

Khan echoed those sentiments, telling the BBC that if "May was a strong Prime Minister she would have sacked him a long time ago".

Elsewhere, the Guardian leads on a memo reportedly written by Mr Gove and Mr Johnson and sent to Theresa May over what it calls a "secret set of demands" about Brexit.

In a blunt final paragraph, Corbyn added: "We've put up with him embarrassing and undermining our country through his incompetence and putting our citizens at risk for long enough".

Johnson was criticised for incorrectly stating that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in the country in a working capacity.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is also understood to have expressed her anger over Boris Johnson's blunder last week when he incorrectly claimed she was in Iran "training journalists".

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The family believe the move, based on a legal opinion they submitted to the foreign office two months ago, could aid Britain's efforts to secure her release under worldwide law.

The Iranian government accused her of working for a United Kingdom media network involved in activities against Iran.

She was accused of trying to overthrow the Iranian regime - charges she has always denied - and sentenced to five years' imprisonment. "Iran. It should be the actions of their judiciary and the revolutionary guards". She was also charged with having attended a demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy in London.

"It appears Gove is more interested in protecting Johnson's job than the liberty of a British citizen in jail in Iran", he added.

British ministers have rallied around the embattled foreign secretary Boris Johnson throughout Sunday, claiming that he was doing a "great job" and that despite his ill-considered remarks about the jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe which have potentially increased her sentence he should not resign.

The story of imprisoned Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe dominates the front pages as the fallout of Boris Johnson's comments continues.

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When told that Richard Ratcliffe said his wife was in Iran on holiday, Mr Gove added: "In that case, I take exactly her husband's assurance in that regard".

Richard Ratcliffe said he spoke to Mr Johnson for about 20 minutes yesterday morning, during which the Cabinet minister said he was "deeply sorry for Nazanin's suffering".

The foreign secretary has admitted he "could have been clearer" with his comments and insisted they had been taken out of context. "He's a good foreign secretary", Davis told Sky News.

Mr Johnson was forced to call Iran's foreign minister to ensure his remarks was "not misrepresented". "He also told Nazanin that given her family history of breast cancer, and the fact that many cancers are related to stress, and given the level of anxiety Nazanin has been exposed to over an extended period, her situation should be kept under close surveillance".

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