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Johnson was warned against claiming all guidance was followed, evidence suggests

22 Mar 2023 2 minute read
Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture by Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Boris Johnson was warned against claiming that all coronavirus guidance had been followed at No 10 parties but went ahead and issued a denial, according to evidence provided to the inquiry into whether he lied to MPs.

An account to the Privileges Committee ahead of its grilling of the former prime minister shows that senior aide Martyn Reynolds questioned whether the suggestion was realistic.

The former principal private secretary said Mr Johnson agreed to delete the mention of guidance before going on to make the denial at Prime Minister’s Questions regardless.

The cross-party committee published a cache of evidence ahead of Mr Johnson’s televised questioning that could determine his political future.

“Guidance”

Discussions with advisers are included, as are the concerns of officials and a close look at the coronavirus guidance and Mr Johnson’s denials as the partygate scandal emerged.

Mr Reynolds wrote that he recalled asking Mr Johnson about a proposed line to say during PMQs “suggesting that all rules and guidance had been followed”.

“He did not welcome the interruption but told me that he had received reassurances that the comms event was within the rules,” the former adviser said.

“I accepted this but questioned whether it was realistic to argue that all guidance had been followed at all times, given the nature of the working environment in No 10. He agreed to delete the reference to guidance.”

But, on December 8 2021, Mr Johnson went on to tell the Commons “the guidance was followed and the rules were followed at all times”.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 months ago

Al Capone, the gangster booze bootlegger got done for tax evasion…Al Fat Shanks brought down for illicit boozy parties?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
11 months ago

Harriet Harman was legal officer for the National Council for Civil Liberties and was found guilty of contempt in a case brought by Tory AG, Michael Havers. She took the case to the ECHR which found that Havers and HMG had breached her right to freedom of speech.
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone reminded her just before she invited Boris to give evidence?

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
11 months ago

I believe that is what they call in the bad old US of A a “smoking gun”.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 months ago

Looking at Tory front benches past and present vetting procedures are an issue for MP’s as well as the police…

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
11 months ago

I have just read one of his apologists in Number Ten claim that the regular Friday sessions were; “just a few bottles of wine accompanied by alcohol”.

Any volunteers to interpret that?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 months ago

One hand on his heart, the other on the Bible, but neither can hide his lying eyes, they give him away every time…

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
11 months ago

Watch Boris PINOCCHO NOSE grow and grow and grow as the lies roll of his tongue

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