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Johnson sent findings of probe into whether he misled MPs over parties – report

08 Jun 2023 3 minute read
Photo issued by the Cabinet Office showing the then prime minister Boris Johnson at a gathering in 10 Downing Street for the departure of a special adviser.

Boris Johnson has been given the findings of an investigation into whether he lied to Parliament over the partygate scandal, it has been reported.

The Privileges Committee has been conducting an inquiry into whether he misled MPs with his assurances over lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street.

Mr Johnson, who assured MPs while he was prime minister that “all guidance was followed completely in No 10”, could face suspension from the House of Commons or even a by-election if the committee finds him in contempt of Parliament.

The Times reported that the panel of MPs has sent Mr Johnson a draft of the report which will determine his political future.

He has two weeks to respond to the committee before it delivers its verdict to the Commons, which will then vote on whether to approve whatever sanction it recommends, according to the newspaper.

A spokesperson for the panel said: “The Committee is proceeding in accordance with its previously published procedure. Under that procedure, if the Committee decides to criticise Mr Johnson, it will not come to a final conclusion until it has taken into account any further submissions from Mr Johnson.

“The Committee will then report to the House in the usual way, and it will be for the House – not the Committee – to decide on this matter.”


The panel of MPs, chaired by Labour’s Harriet Harman but which has a Tory majority, can make a recommendation on any punishment but the ultimate decision will lie with the full House of Commons.

Sanctions could range from a simple apology to ordering that Mr Johnson be suspended from Parliament.

Any suspension of 10 sitting days or more could trigger a recall by-election in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat, putting his parliamentary career in jeopardy.

The panel’s deliberations have been slightly delayed after it was last month passed concerns from Cabinet Office officials that Mr Johnson may have also breached coronavirus lockdown rules with events in Chequers and Downing Street.

Entries in the former prime minister’s official diary, which came to light during a review by taxpayer-funded lawyers ahead of the Covid public inquiry, reportedly revealed visits by friends to Chequers during the pandemic and new allegations about his behaviour in Downing Street.

Mr Johnson, who believes he is the victim of a stitch-up, endured more than three hours of questioning by the Privileges Committee in March.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago

It could be a little tense right now in Fat Shanks world, Dilyn has been seen wearing a tin hat and bottom armour, the moat has been filled with alligators and the drawbridge has been raised. Up on the battlements Mad Nad is boiling up a nice cauldron of olive oil and Greased Mogg is ramming his blunder bus full of grape shot. A note left in a milk bottle reads help I’ve been stitched-up and hung out to dry, soon to be replaced with hand-me-down nappies. All very inconvenient with the new sprog only days away…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago

Boris Johnson lied. End of. This costly inquiry should in reality be over with Johnson stripped of his MP status with a criminal investigation ongoing., but we all know the English establishment will protect one of their own and he will not face any prosecution.

The sadly he (Johnson) will evade justice like they all do and slink off into the sunset with his fat pension, numerous mistresses and children in tow, to make millions in America doing bumbling speeches to Trump, Rupert Murdoch& NRA supporting Conservative think-tanks.

Last edited 10 months ago by Y Cymro

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