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Johnson allies criticised over attacks on MPs investigating partygate lies

29 Jun 2023 3 minute read
Jacob-Rees-Mogg.(L)-Picture-by-Chris-McAndrew-CC-BY-3.0.Nadine Dorries MP. UK Parliament. (CC 3.0).

Allies of Boris Johnson including Nadine Dorries and Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg have been criticised for putting “improper pressure” on the parliamentary committee which examined allegations that he lied to MPs over partygate.

The Privileges Committee highlighted comments by senior MPs including Ms Dorries, Sir Jacob and Dame Priti Patel along with peers including Lord Goldsmith – a serving minister.

The committee ultimately triggered Mr Johnson’s resignation from Parliament in protest at its recommendation that he should face a lengthy suspension for misleading the Commons with his denials of lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street.

His supporters frequently attacked the Privileges Committee as a “witch hunt” and “kangaroo court” – with Mr Johnson found to be complicit in the campaign against the panel investigating him.

Other MPs quoted in the report include Mark Jenkinson, Sir Michael Fabricant, Brendan Clarke-Smith and Andrea Jenkyns.

The report also highlighted the involvement of Lord Cruddas and Lord Greenhalgh, both given peerages by Mr Johnson, in a Conservative Post campaign putting pressure on the four Tory members of the committee to quit.

In a special report, the Privileges Committee named some of those involved and criticised their actions.

Influence

“Those members did not choose to engage through any proper process such as the submission of letters or evidence to our inquiry, but by attacking the members of the committee, in order to influence their judgment,” the committee’s report said.

Their aim was to “influence the outcome of the inquiry”, “impede the work of the committee by inducing members to resign from it”, “discredit the committee’s conclusions if those conclusions were not what they wanted” and “discredit the committee as a whole”, it said.

The report added: “The committee is particularly concerned about attacks mounted by experienced colleagues, including a serving minister of the Crown, a former leader of the House and a former secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.”

In a reference to Ms Dorries and Sir Jacob’s broadcasting roles, the committee said “two of the members mounting the most vociferous attacks on the committee did so from the platform of their own hosted TV shows”.

The report said “pressure was applied particularly to Conservative members of the committee”.

It added: “This had the clear intention to drive those members off the committee and so to frustrate the intention of the House that the inquiry should be carried out, or to prevent the inquiry coming to a conclusion which the critics did not want.”

There were also “sustained attempts to undermine and challenge the impartiality” of the committee’s Labour chairwoman, Harriet Harman.

“This unprecedented and co-ordinated pressure did not affect the conduct or outcome of our inquiry. However, it had significant personal impact on individual members and raised significant security concerns.”

The committee said it will be for the House of Commons to consider “what further action, if any, to take” in respect of the MPs named in the report.

It suggested MPs should be asked to agree that seeking to “impugn the integrity of the committee” or attempt to “lobby or intimidate” its members “is itself capable of being a contempt” of Parliament.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

Braverman’s Dream is no more!…

Better we go back to Bob Dylan’s Dream “you can be in my dream if I can be in yours”

Resignation time ‘errant’ Knight Mogg…

aled rees
aled rees
9 months ago

scum bags extrodinaire the lot of them.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
9 months ago

As recently announced with Conservative crook Boris Johnson new position as a Daily Mail columnist that breached rules, sitting MPs Nadine Dorries & Jacob Rees-Mogg actions of attacking those investigating Partygate whilst using their highly paid position on far-right propaganda machine GB News shows contempt not only for the families of COVID dead but democracy itself. And why is it that the likes of entitled Boris Johnson, Nadine Dorries & Jacob Rees-Mogg and others are free to continue their agenda of disinformation lies and hate speech without true punishment, especially pathological liar Boris Johnson, who himself evaded justice by merely… Read more »

Andrew Robinson-Redman
Andrew Robinson-Redman
9 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Hypothetical as it may be but one would wonder if you were being investigated by a committee whose chairperson had posted on a public forum that they considered you to be guilty?? No doubt you would accept the verdict with good grace? I doubt it judging by your many posts on Nation.Cymru!

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
9 months ago

The Cult of the Boris is strong is those people.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
9 months ago

Apparently, dishonesty and corruption pays! Why else would this farce occur? They ALL disgust me!

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