LONDON (April 20, 2022)—Tory whips are braced to order MPs to vote against the motion as the Prime Minister jets off to India and Chancellor Rishi Sunak visits the US – meaning a probe into whether he lied cannot happen
Keir Starmer today suggested Boris Johnson has misled Parliament FOUR times over Partygate as MPs brace for a vote on the Prime Minister’s conduct.
A motion tabled today by Labor’s leader has been signed by leaders of opposition parties including Sir Ed Davey, Ian Blackford and Liz Saville-Roberts.
It confirms for the first time the four occasions on which Mr. Johnson is formally accused of misleading MPs.
But any probe is set to be blocked as the Prime Minister – who will be away in India – whips his MPs to vote the motion down.
Mr. Starmer today said he hoped the vote will restore “decency, honesty and integrity into our politics” as the Met Police continue to investigate Downing Street officials for attending lockdown-busting parties.
“We are urging Conservative MPs to do the right thing. To respect the sacrifice that their constituents made during the pandemic.
“To say that the public were right to follow the rules. And to vote in the national interest not under pressure from the party whips,” the Labor leader added.
Last week Mr. Johnson received his first COVID-19 fine for attending his own lockdown breaking birthday bash in June 2020.
The party for his 56th birthday was in breach of his own government’s COVID-19 rules.
A source claimed no decision had been made on whipping yet.
But one minister today confirmed the government was against the probe – saying there are already “a number of strands” investigating the PM and “we need to exhaust those” first.
“The last time the government tried to interfere on a privileges investigation” was the Owen Paterson affair – which ended in disaster for the PM, Mr. Starmer’s spokesman said.
“Conservative MPs should vote with their conscience and vote for this to be investigated.”
The spokesman insists “we know the facts, the public know the facts”, and blocking an investigation “isn’t going to persuade the public there wasn’t widespread rule breaking in No10.”
“Conservative MPs believe there’s one rule for the government and one rule for everyone else,” the spokesman said.
Labor has had talks with some Tory MPs about voting, the spokesman said.
The committee, chaired by Labour MP Chris Bryant has wide-ranging powers to investigate whether the Mr Johnson deliberately misled Parliament.
Source: The UK Mirror wrote the original article.