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Great Britain: MPs sanctioned former Prime Minister Boris Johnson for lying about his pandemic parties

The House of Commons voted for the Report that found former Prime Minister and MP Boris Johnson guilty of “lying to parliament” during the Covid confinement, for his parties at Downing St, his residence and place of work. Boris resigned before being sanctioned and said that the Privilege Committee had organized against him “a political assassination”. They denied him access to Parliament.

By votes 354 votes to 7, the House of Commons voted in favor of the Report and of denying ex-PM Tory a pass to enter the grounds. A benefit that up to now all prime ministers enjoy.

But there was a high rate of absenteeism for allies of Boris Johnson and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who did not turn out to vote.

Johnson resigned as MP, after learning of the multi-party group’s recommendations, which included a 90-day ban from the House of Commons. for “repeated contempt” and strip him of his parliamentary pass.

A protest in London against Boris Johnson. AP Photo

For the “integrity”

Former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May voted in favor of the report, sentencing Boris to 90 days suspension and sparking an election in his constituency. There will be four elections in different constituencies due to the resignation of Boris’s allies.

Everyone was waiting for May’s arguments, sitting in the Chamber and an enemy of Boris. The former prime minister said that Boris Johnson it had been “found wanting” at partygate. He urged all Conservative MPs to vote for the Privileges Committee report.

Speaking during a debate on the content of the report, Theresa May, who was Johnson’s predecessor at 10 Downing St and he helped oust her, told Commons: “After an uneasy period in our political life, support for the report of the Committee on Privileges will be a small but important step in restoring the confidence of the people in the members of this House and Parliament.”

In a calm voice and her classic huge red necklace, the former British prime minister Tory continued: “And I also say to members of my own party that it is doubly important for us to show that we are prepared to act when one of our own, no matter how important whatever, is missing. I will vote in favor of the privileges committee report. I urge all members of this House to do so, to maintain standards in public life.”

Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the Commons, became the first Conservative cabinet minister to say she will vote in favor of the Boris Johnson report, opening a debate.

The great absentee was Rishi Sunak, the first Minister. In the morning he announced that the vote was for the House of Commons and not for the government. The problem is that he is an MP in a parliamentary government and Boris wants to plunge him into the same scandal because they both attended the same events in Downing St.

Boris Johnson in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxfordshire.  Reuters Photo

Boris Johnson in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxfordshire. Reuters Photo

Downing Street said that Rishi Sunak I was “too busy” receiving the Swedish prime minister to attend a possible vote on the report. The premier refused to go to vote in a debate, where abstention was the protagonist.

A very aristocratic voice defended Boris Johnson. Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, Brexitier and Tory, insisted that a “proper and fair process” must be followed, describing the privilege committee’s findings as “ostensibly political”.

The Labor MP Chris Bryant responded by saying that the word “political” it could cover a “multitude of sins.”

“I don’t think the process was unfair. Most of our constituents, if they go to court today, don’t get taxpayer-paid representation. Mr Johnson had, I believe, over £250,000 in taxpayer-paid representation,” the Labor lawmaker said.

Tobias Ellwood, conservative chairman of the defense select committee and arch critic of Boris Johnson, said that the report was far from “academic”.

“It is absolutely important that colleagues follow former Prime Minister Theresa May, and indeed the Leader of the House, and vote to support the motion today,” he suggested.

The president of the Committee

Labor MP Chris Bryant praised Dame Harriet Harman, chair of the Committee that tried him, for doing an “admirable job”. He said that one of the wisest things he had done during his time in the House of Commons was to recuse himself from the inquiry.

“I’m just pointing out that I know all the conservative members of the committee, because they’re also on the standards committee and they always do a wonderful job,” he said.

The Labor MP said there was “gut anger” among the public towards Boris Johnson over “Partygate”, and that it was not simply a “single incident of accidental embezzlement”.

“Yes, he was careless, reckless, one can say, about the truth. But much, much worse than that, deliberately, recklessly and with foresight knowledge, he tried to cover his tracks” he warned.

Conservative MP Lia Nici defended Boris. He said the Privileges Committee had not used “impartial language” in its report condemning Boris Johnson.

The Great Grimsby MP described Downing Street as a “rabbit hole of rooms” and suggested the former premier did not know who might or might not be working.

Asked by Jess Phillips if Boris Johnson “had also lied to her,” Nici replied: “No, I don’t think he has. I think I’m actually a very good person, who can see character and I saw what was happening in and around No. 10 that day. And sadly, I think the unelected officials… some of them chose not to inform the then prime minister because they wanted to cover their ass,” she said.

Lia Nici, a Conservative MP and staunch supporter of Boris Johnson, chimed in to say that “I can’t see where the evidence is that Boris Johnson misled Parliamentknowingly, intentionally or recklessly”.

“I’m from Grimsby, and I have to say it how I see it because that’s what my constituents would want me to do.”


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