Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has branded anyone critical of leadership hopeful Boris Johnson’s handling of the case of British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s imprisonment in Iran as “apologists” for the regime.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Truss rejected any suggestions that Johnson is to blame for the continuing imprisonment of British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, due to wrongfully asserting that she was training journalists, while he was foreign secretary.

I think this is a complete misplacement of blame. The people who are keeping Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in jail are the Iranians. This is an oppressive Iranian regime – I think it’s apologists for that regime who are putting the blame on Boris Johnson…