Boris Johnson partygate investigation delayed after Number 10 evidence hold-up | Politics News

An investigation into whether Boris Johnson misled parliament about party gates will be delayed after evidence from Downing Street.

The former prime minister has faced accusations that he made false statements at message boxes about lockdown gatherings, including when he told MPs “all instructions have been obey in Number 10”.

After a vote in the Commons last June, The privileged committee has launched a probe into the charges and will begin oral testimony sessions in the fall, with Mr Johnson being called as a witness.

But Number 10 appears to have been hesitant to send the group a batch of documents, only turning over the evidence four months after it was requested, meaning it now needs to be approved before the testimony sessions begin. .

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A spokesman for the seven-member panel said: “The committee has been in constant communication with the government to gather evidence for the investigation.

“It requested documents from the government in July, which were provided in full last Friday [18 November].

“The Commission is analyzing the document submitted. The Commission may have a request for more information.”

The committee, chaired by Harriet Harman of Labour, said it has met every week that the House of Commons has been meeting since June “to establish processes, collect and analyze evidence”.

The spokesman also said the members “remain committed to conducting the investigation expeditiously”.

Stories began to appear in the media about Gathering violates the rules in December 2021 and Mr Johnson was regularly questioned about it in the Commons.

The then Prime Minister told MPs that he had been “many times assured that the rules were not broken” and that “guidelines were followed and the rules were always followed”.

However, four months later, he, his wife Carrie and his then-Prime Minister all received fixed penalty notices for holding birthday parties in the cabinet room during the lockdown.

A total of 126 fines were issued by the Metropolitan Police for breaching the lockdown on Downing Street and Whitehall.


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