On Thursday 15th June the Privileges Committee, which I chaired, published its final report in its investigation into whether former Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP misled Parliament when he said that there were no parties in No. 10 during lockdown and that no rules or guidance were broken. You can read the report here.
The committee found that Boris Johnson:
- Deliberately misled the House of Commons
- Deliberately misled the committee
- Breached the committee’s confidence
- Impugned the committee and thereby undermined the democratic process of
the House of Commons
- Was complicit in the campaign of abuse and attempted intimidation of the
And recommended if he were still a Member of Parliament, he should have been suspended from the House of Commons for 90 days. The committee also recommended that he not be entitled to a former member’s pass.
On Monday 19th June the House of Commons debated the committee’s report and voted overwhelmingly to endorse its conclusions and recommended sanctions. I spoke in that debate, and you can watch my contribution in full here.