A cross-party committee of MPs warned that Boris Johnson could face being booted out of Parliament by voters if he’s found to have lied over Partygate.
The outgoing Prime Minister is being investigated by the House of Commons Privileges Committee over his past denial of COVID rule breaking in Downing Street.
The Committee has now announced Boris Johnson could have to fight a by-election in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency if he’s punished as a consequence of their probe into whether he misled MPs.
They also confirmed they will drag the Prime Minister before them to be questioned in person, under oath, over the Partygate scandal, which they expect to be done in public, but the possibility of an ongoing battle over Partygate will raise speculation that Boris Johnson will leave the Commons shortly after he formally exits as Prime Minister on 6th September.
Neither ex PMs David Cameron nor Sir Tony Blair hung around in Parliament for long after leaving Number 10 as they sought new money-making ventures, although Boris Johnson’s immediate predecessor, Theresa May, remains an MP.
Under the Recall of MPs Act, an MP becomes subject to a recall petition if they’re suspended from the Commons for two weeks or ten sitting days.
A by-election is then triggered in an MPs constituency if more than 10 per cent of local voters sign the recall petition.
As part of a new report, the Privileges Committee issued a letter from Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle confirming that Boris Johnson could face a recall process as part of their investigation.
In a letter to senior Labour MP Harriet Harman, the Committee’s chair, Sir Lindsay revealed he had sought legal advice on the matter from an independent QC.
In their report, the Committee stated how the Speaker had made a formal decision that the Committee of Privileges was a committee concerned with the norms of behaviour of individual members to which the requirements of the Act would apply.
Since the Recall of MPs Act was introduced in 2015, there have been three instances of a recall process being initiated.
DUP MP Ian Paisley remained an MP after a recall petition failed to attract the needed number of signatures, but both Labour Fiona Onasanya and Tory MP Chris Davies lost their Commons seats after more than 10 per cent of voters signed a recall petition.
They have to ditch him now because of how much damage he’s done to the Tory party and how quickly they’re falling in the polls and let’s face it, now most of the British populace think he’s an absolute plonker, but then I guess that’s part of who he is and deception and his lack of integrity is his character flaw, but a necessary evil when you’re attempting to climb the greasy pole.
Boris Johnson is an obsessive liar and he will get all he deserves, and quite frankly he should have been sacked a long time ago.
Boris Johnson failed to develop a coherent vision for the future of our country, but his comical antics made him popular, but he never became an inspiration for the masses, and his vanity projects only served one purpose and that was to divert attention from his numerous failures. What the United Kingdom needs now is a knowledgeable bridge builder with proven competencies as a new leader.
At the moment the only time we see Boris Johnson is when he’s got a drink in his hand, and let’s face it, you can’t run a country that way and Boris has been around far too long. Sadly the new prime minister will be selected from the same rotten Cabinet that Boris Johnson himself chose.