Boris Johnson has been seen for the first time since Partigit’s defense dossier was published
Boris Johnson said it was “absolutely wrong” to say he was involved during the lockdown, as he accused MPs investigating whether he had misled the House of Commons by bias in their inquiry.
After being sworn on the Bible, he attempted to discredit the seven-party committee, attacking Chair Harriet Harman as “damaging” and suggesting that the proceedings were “extremely bizarre”.
During his opening statement – which was interrupted by a vote on Northern Ireland – he told the committee “Hand on my heart I have not lied to the House”.
Facing questions from veteran Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin, the former prime minister said leaving drinks for the late aide Lee Cain “should have happened”, adding: “If anyone thinks I’ve been partying during lockdown they are dead wrong.” .
Johnson must answer the allegations of his one-time aides and No. 10 insider sitting uncomfortably alongside his defence, that he was told Covid rules were fully observed at Downing Street parties during lockdown.
If the members of the committee find against him, they will decide on the punishment, which can be a written apology, a reduction in salary, or suspension from the House of Commons for a fixed period.
Watch live: Boris Johnson at the Partigit Commission hearing
Independent TV Hosts the Prime Minister’s appearance before the Privileges Committee live on YouTube.
Liam JamesMarch 22, 2023 13:54
Who is Sir Bernard Jenkin and who is another member of the Privileges Committee?
Emily AtkinsonMarch 23, 2023 05:00
Boris Johnson’s political career is in jeopardy
Boris Johnson is fighting for his political future after MPs investigating his party’s denials denounced the “flawed” guarantees on which they relied.
In his sometimes brief testimony that lasted more than three hours, the former prime minister insisted there was “no shred of evidence” to show he had lied to MPs.
It was quite insane, he said, to the Privileges Committee, which could recommend his suspension from the House of Commons, to mislead Parliament.
If a motion for a 10-day suspension is voted on by MPs, a by-election could be held for Johnson’s seat, which could signal the end of his parliamentary career.
Alisha Rehman SarkarMarch 23, 2023 04:30
Liam Gallagher says Boris Johnson got his “ass” during the Partigate investigation
For more than three hours, Johnson was quizzed about whether he knew parties were taking place in Downing Street during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Boris Johnson hands his fat ass to him on a platter saying that now on TV is cool these days [sic],” the former Oasis commander tweeted during the broadcast hearing.
Emily AtkinsonMarch 23, 2023 04:00
WATCH: Johnson has shown great ways in the times he told Parliament he followed the rules
Partigit: Johnson has shown great style in the times he has told Parliament he has followed the rules
Emily AtkinsonMarch 23, 2023 03:00
Boris Johnson suffered the double humiliation of ‘Partigate’ and ‘Brexit’
Boris Johnson’s hopes of a political comeback appeared dashed on Wednesday after he was accused of making “label” excuses in the Partijat party at the same time he failed to lead a House of Commons revolt against Rishi Sunak.
During a sometimes televised hearing about the scandal, the former prime minister defended parties inside Number 10 during the pandemic – including one attended by his wife and decorator – as “essential” for business purposes.
It also turns out that Mr Johnson had been expressly warned against claiming all Covid guidelines were being followed – but he did it anyway.
Our Whitehall Editor Kate Devlin and political reporter Adam Forrest a report:
Emily AtkinsonMarch 23, 2023 02:00
Boris Johnson: People who say the garden party event was purely social are ‘completely wrong’ – WATCH
During Boris Johnson’s party hearing, Labor MP Yvonne Fovarage asked the former prime minister about his former aide Lee Cain’s claim that a Downing Street garden party was a “purely social event”.
Johnson said it was “not a big social gathering”. He added, “People who say we’re celebrating at No. 10 simply don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Watch their exchange here:
Boris Johnson: People who say the garden party was purely social are ‘completely wrong’
Emily AtkinsonMarch 23, 2023 01:00
Mick Hucknall calls Boris Johnson a ‘vile’ amid party committee hearing
Mick Hucknall has strongly denounced former Prime Minister Boris Johnson for denying he lied about partying during the Covid lockdown.
Johnson is currently facing investigations into whether he misled the House of Commons in the Partigit inquiry. During Wednesday’s committee hearing, Johnson said allegations he was “partying during lockdown” were false.
At the hearing, Johnson attempted to justify a particular rally for the departure of aide Lee Cain, claiming it “should happen”.
Emily AtkinsonMarch 23, 2023 00:00
Rees-Mogg claims Johnson ‘won in the court of public opinion’
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said Boris Johnson had “won in the court of public opinion” after being grilled by the party.
said the arch-loyal to the former prime minister Channel 4 News: I think if Boris Johnson goes to a by-election he will win it comfortably. Because I think he wins in the court of public opinion, who see in it a kangaroo court.”
He also said: “It was clear that he was acting correctly, that he told the truth as he understood it at the time, as he was advised. He told the truth as he understood it.”
When told that Mr Johnson looked upset during the hearing, Mr Rhys-Mogg said: “I actually thought he modeled himself after a cucumber and it was pretty cool.”
Emily AtkinsonMarch 22, 2023 23:00
Watch: Rishi Sunak releases long-awaited personal tax documents
Rishi Sunak releases long-awaited personal tax documents
Emily AtkinsonMarch 22, 2023 22:00
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