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Sunak expected to skip Commons debate on report rebuking Johnson allies

10 Jul 2023 2 minute read
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Rishi Sunak is not expected to attend a Commons debate about the Privileges Committee report that rebuked the conduct of allies of Boris Johnson.

Opposition MPs have called for a follow-up investigation into those accused by the committee of having waged a “co-ordinated” attack on its initial inquiry into the former prime minister’s partygate denials to Parliament.

Mr Sunak, who is due to fly to a crunch Nato summit in Vilnius, in Lithuania, is not expected in the Commons on Tuesday for the debate and any potential vote.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that Mr Sunak was “fully aware of the findings” of the report.

“It is rightly a matter for the House and for the House to consider. For the Government’s part, we have facilitated a debate quickly so MPs can respond and express their views if they wish,” he said.

“We will monitor developments in the House and see whether there is a vote moved on this.”

Mr Sunak had been forced to defend his decision not to attend the debate on the committee’s initial inquiry which found that the former prime minister had lied to MPs about pandemic-era events in Downing Street, saying he had instead been at a charity dinner.


The Liberal Democrats have called on Mr Sunak to support potential sanctions against the MPs named in the report, including Nadine Dorries and Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg.

The party has laid down an amendment that would see the Johnson loyalists referred back to the Privileges Committee to decide if their conduct amounted to contempt.

Liberal Democrat chief whip Wendy Chamberlain said: “Nadine Dorries, Jacob-Rees Mogg and these other Conservative MPs launched a Trumpian attack against our Parliament and its independent report into Boris Johnson’s partygate lies.

“Rishi Sunak must confirm he will back referring these Conservative MPs for potential sanctions. There must be consequences for their shameful actions.

“Every time there is a vote on Boris Johnson’s lies and Conservative sleaze, Sunak is too weak to take a stand.

“This time must be different if he wants to show he has any shred of integrity left.”

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Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
9 months ago

Already missed multiple PM’s question times since he took over from Truss, already missed multiple other debates and key votes – the UK has clearly got a absentee PM

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

Start counting because until he has had his orders from Modi Ji he won’t know what to do…

Didn’t he looked pleased to board his newly painted (£800.000) and tax payer supplied private jet on his way to give that doddery old man his advice. LoL

They are all going on an Indian Summer holiday…

Back in time for conference then off to the Cricket World Cup in India…

and we thought Fat Shanks took the mickey…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Some way to go to get that ‘£200 million’ back his Mrs lost to the UK taxman…

Ray Davies should write another song, shame George Harrison is not around…

Revolver, best Beatles album by miles…

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
9 months ago

It has never happened to me because I could never afford to decline to turn up for work. I’m very sure though that if I repeatedly failed to turn up and do my job, I would eventually receive a letter from my employer to tell me that they are ending my employment. We are Sunaks’ employer. Who is responsible for issuing HIS letter?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

So Fat Shanks’ court jesters get away without so much as an apology but come the general election those that haven’t already slid down the rat lines might be held accountable…of course Mad Nad realised that if she quit she would forfeit her £17k golden handshake.

Last edited 9 months ago by Mab Meirion

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