POLL: Is Boris Johnson the victim of a Privileges Committee stitch-up?
Dominic Grieve says he hopes Boris Johnson is ‘gone for good’
A cross-party group of MPs headed by Labour’s Harriet Harman had been investigating the former Prime Minister since last June – their final report has now been published.
On the central question of whether Boris Johnson misled the House of Commons in claiming all guidance was followed during gatherings in Number 10 – back when strict measures were in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus – the Committee concluded he was resoundingly guilty.
But the 30,000-word report goes far beyond that, by considering him to have committed further contempts in lying to the Committee itself, disparaging its work and members and in breaching confidentiality in his scathing resignation statement last Friday.
No longer MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, the 90-day suspension the Committee recommends bares little consequence for Mr Johnson now.
He does, however, take serious issue with the way in which their conclusions were reached, as do many of his allies.
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Mr Johnson wasted no time in putting out a retort. He described the central charge that he misled Parliament as a “deranged conclusion”, one that forced the Committee to say a “series of things that are patently absurd, or contradicted by the facts.”
He claimed that he had received multiple warnings over the past few months that the Committee was being “driven relentlessly by the political agenda of Harriet Harman” and that the personal antipathy of Bernard Jenkins – one of the four Conservative MPs on the nine-person board – towards him was “historic and well-known.”
He said: “Above all it did not cross my mind – as I spoke in the House of Commons – that the events were unlawful.”
He concluded: “This is a dreadful day for MPs and for democracy. This decision means that no MP is free from vendetta, or expulsion on trumped-up charges by a tiny minority who want to see him or her gone from the Commons.
A senior loyalist of Mr Johnson’s told Express.co.uk: “We were expecting a stitch up and we got one.”
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