Boris Johnson: Launches high-stakes ‘Partygate’ grilling that could end his political career

Boris Johnson: Launches high-stakes 'Partygate' grilling that could end his political career

Washington: Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched a fight to save his political career at the “Partygate” hearing, one of the scandals that brought down his government last year.

Johnson, flanked by lawyers in a packed committee room, began a four-hour grilling by Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Privileges Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

His premiership in 2022 ended after it emerged that dozens of social gatherings took place on his watch – some of which he attended in person – at a time when Britons were on lockdown due to Covid-19. But there was a ban on meeting his loved ones.

Johnson has admitted misleading Parliament about the existence of these parties, but claims he did so inadvertently.

But a parliamentary inquiry into whether he deliberately lied to Parliament is likely to damage his career. If the committee recommends a longer suspension from Parliament, he may be forced to contest a by-election in his hard-fought constituency.

“I’m here to tell you from the bottom of my heart that I did not lie to the House,” Johnson said during his opening statement on Wednesday. He attacked the testimony of his former top adviser, political foe Dominic Cummings, saying “he has every motive to lie.”

And he claimed it was “nonsense” to rely on the photos showing Johnson leaving drinks, claiming they showed socially distanced gatherings for which police did not fine him.

Johnson’s denial is central to the committee’s suggestion that it should have been clear to the former prime minister that the guidelines and rules he had laid down were being ignored.

The committee’s latest report on the investigation said the evidence “strongly suggests that the breach of guidance must have been apparent to Mr Johnson while he was at the meetings”.

The committee’s latest report on the investigation said the evidence “strongly suggests that the breach of guidance must have been apparent to Mr Johnson while he was at the meetings”.

London’s Metropolitan Police issued more than 100 fines to people who acted in Downing Street for breaching pandemic regulations while the country was under varying degrees of lockdown.

Johnson himself was welcomed to attend a gathering where he was presented with a birthday cake. His then Chancellor and current Prime Minister Rishi Shankar was also fined.

Johnson wrote in lengthy testimony to the committee earlier this week that, while his false statements to lawmakers were attributed to him, “they were in good faith and based on what I believed to be honest at the time.” I am.” He knew and believed it.”

“I never stayed more than half an hour at any of these events, and sometimes much less. I was too busy. I might raise a glass to honor a fellow, but that was it” said.

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