Boris Johnson has decided to suspend his mandate as an MP while the parliamentary inquiry into “Particate” is still ongoing.
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday evening that he was handing in his parliamentary seat, citing a parliamentary inquiry into the parties’ “participation” in Downing Street over health restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Boris Johnson, 58, said his decision was effective immediately, triggering a by-election that will add further political pressure on his successor, Rishi Sunak.
A year after being ousted from Downing Street by a majority after three years in power, Boris Johnson is under the influence of a parliamentary inquiry to determine whether he had deceived Parliament in the “party gate” affair.
The process, led by the Privileges Commission, is in the process of completing its work and, according to British press, has submitted its findings to the former president.
“I have received a letter from the Privileges Committee – to my astonishment – that they are determined to use the procedure against me to expel me from Parliament,” the former Tory prime minister wrote in a statement.
“I am very sad to be leaving Parliament – at least for now – but most of all I am appalled at the undemocratic manner in which I have been forced to leave,” he added.
In this press release, he accused the commission of producing a report, which has not yet been published, “full of errors and prejudices” without “giving any proper opportunity to challenge what they say”.
Boris Johnson was forced to resign last summer after a series of scandals, chief among them the parties in Downing Street during his confinement imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But the charismatic leader, still an MP, was very influential in the conservative majority.
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