Boris praises Bradley as she challenges him on abuse victims
Boris Johnson has said that former Secretary of State Karen Bradley should be "very proud" of her work in Northern Ireland.
The Prime Minister was responding to a question from Mrs Bradley in the House of Commons yesterday.
He had sacked Mrs Bradley the night before and replaced her with former Conservative chief whip Julian Smith.
Speaking just hours after losing her job Mrs Bradley made an appeal from the backbenches. She said she had two priorities for Mr Johnson to consider. "The people of Northern Ireland have been without government for two-and-a-half years and that has affected many," she said.
"Most deeply it has affected those that were victims of historical institutional abuse and those people who were severely physically and psychologically disabled through no fault of their own. Could he commit that he will deliver for those people?"
Mr Johnson said he wanted to thank Mrs Bradley for "working tirelessly to promote the restoration of government in Stormont".
On Wednesday, the Government ruled out fast-tracking legislation to provide compensation to historical abuse survivors before the summer recess.