Ex-UK PM Boris Johnson To Be Questioned Over ‘Partygate’ Scandal

Ex-UK PM Boris Johnson To Be Questioned Over 'Partygate' Scandal

Boris Johnson resigned as prime minister in July 2022 (File)


British lawmakers will subsequent week quiz former prime minister Boris Johnson over whether or not he lied to them about “Partygate”, in a probe that might set off his removing as a member of parliament.

Boris Johnson repeatedly denied in parliament that he or his workers had breached his personal Covid lockdown legal guidelines by holding boozy gatherings in Downing Road.

However police issued fines to dozens of aides after a legal probe, and Johnson turned the primary serving UK prime minister discovered to have damaged the regulation, over one of many gatherings.

Boris Johnson resigned as prime minister in July 2022 after being dogged for months by the accusations of lockdown breaches and different scandals.

“Mr Johnson has accepted the Committee’s invitation to offer oral proof in public,” a press release by parliament’s watchdog privileges committee mentioned.

The listening to will happen on March 22.

In an interim report launched earlier this month following eight months of labor, the committee mentioned the proof to date undermined Boris Johnson’s pleas of innocence to the Home of Commons.

“The proof strongly means that breaches of (Covid lockdown) steering would have been apparent to Mr Johnson on the time he was on the gatherings,” the report acknowledged.

Described as a abstract of the investigation forward of Johnson’s questioning, it added “there’s proof that the Home of Commons could have been misled” on a number of events.

Boris Johnson has insisted that the report vindicated him.

“There’s completely nothing to point out that any adviser of mine or civil servant warned me upfront that occasions is perhaps towards the principles,” he instructed broadcasters beforehand.

“I believed what we had been doing was implicitly inside the guidelines.”

If the seven-member committee in the end concludes that Johnson intentionally misled parliament, it might suggest varied sanctions for all MPs to vote on.

They embody a suspension of 10 sitting days or extra, which might set off a petition to oust Boris Johnson as a lawmaker.

A by-election for his west London seat would then be held if 10 % of registered voters there signal it.


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