Andrea Jenkyns, the new education minister, says she should have shown more composure “but is only human”.
New education minister Andrea Jenkyns says she made rude gesture as a response to a “baying mob” who confronted her near Downing Street.
Social media footage showed the MP raising her middle finger, on the day of Boris Johnson’s resignation.
Ms Jenkyns said the group were “insulting MPs… as is sadly all too common” as she made her way to hear the prime minister’s speech.
She said she should have shown more composure “but is only human”.
Andrea Jenkyns, the new education minister, giving the finger to the public outside Downing Street on Thursday pic.twitter.com/LhnoPoodV3— Marina Hyde (@MarinaHyde)
On Friday it was announced that Ms Jenkyns, the MP for Morley & Outwood, had been appointed to the role of parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Education.
It came after a succession of ministers resigned from their posts last week, prompting Mr Johnson to step down as party leader.