UK committee guidelines ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson intentionally misled Parliament

A UK parliamentary committee has found that former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliberately misled Parliament by holding illegal corona lockdown parties during his tenure.

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Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliberately misled Parliament about illegal Covid-19 lockdown parties during his tenure, a parliamentary committee said on Thursday, calling it a “grave disregard”.

The scathing verdict of the Privileges Committee’s long-awaited ‘Partygate’ report concluded that Johnson had deliberately misled Parliament on a number of occasions when investigated into Downing Street parties held under his supervision and against his own lockdown had broken rules.

“We conclude that Mr. Johnson committed a grave contempt in willfully misleading the House of Representatives,” the bipartisan committee’s findings showed.

“There is no precedent for a prime minister willingly misleading the House of Representatives,” it said.

The 100-page report, which examined six gatherings at the Prime Minister’s official residence at the time of the UK’s toughest Covid restrictions, also concluded that Johnson was involved in a “campaign of abuse and attempted intimidation” in order to the circumstances of these gatherings to disguise events.

The committee, made up of members of the ruling Conservative Party and the opposition Labor Party, recommended that Johnson should not be entitled to a former MP’s passport, which gives MPs access to Parliament.

It also said that if Johnson were still a member of Parliament, he would be suspended from the House of Representatives for 90 days. Johnson resigned as a Conservative MP last week after seeing an expanded copy of the report. At the time, he accused the cross-party body of behaving like a “kangaroo court” and carrying out a “political exchange of blows” against him.

Nonsense, absurd, crazy

In another statement Thursday, he called the findings “rubbish,” “absurd” and “insane,” according to Perspective Magazine and the Telegraph. The former Prime Minister, an ardent Brexit supporter, also accused the committee of “biased views” and said a majority of members voted “remain” in the 2016 Brexit vote.

“The committee is now saying that I deliberately misled the House of Representatives and that at the moment I spoke I knowingly withheld from the House my knowledge of illegal incidents,” he wrote.

“This is nonsense. It is a lie. In order to reach this crazy conclusion, the committee has to say a number of things that are patently absurd or contradicted by fact.”

MPs responsible for preparing the report called Johnson’s comments a blow to Britain’s democratic institutions.

“This attack on a committee that exercises its mandate from the democratically elected House of Representatives is tantamount to an attack on our democratic institutions,” the committee said.

The findings of the Privileges Committee will be discussed by MPs on Monday, said House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt.

The report follows an earlier police investigation into Downing Street lockdown parties, which resulted in fines for both Johnson and current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The revelations of Johnson’s involvement in outlaw parties were just one of several scandals that rocked his tenure as prime minister, eventually leading to his resignation last July. However, his disregard for public health measures was found particularly troubling at a time when Britons were keeping their distance from loved ones to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Of the committee’s findings, British group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK said it was “another grim reminder” of how Johnson broke his own rules “to have a party and a laugh” during other families “say goodbye”. Loving over Zoom.”

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