PM Faces Television Interrogation By MPs As Partygate Scandal Set To Dog Him For Months To Come

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Boris Johnson could be interrogated by MPs on television during Parliament’s investigation into whether he lied to the House of Commons, as the Partygate scandal looks set to dog him until the end of the year.

The Commons Privileges Committee on Wednesday started its long-awaited probe into whether Mr Johnson lied to the Commons over allegedly lockdown-breaching Downing Street parties.

But it said it would not begin hearings until autumn, leaving the prospect of potentially damaging stories about the Partygate scandal dragging on for months.

The Prime Minister also told reporters the idea of an autumn snap election in a last-ditch bid to shore up his authority and potentially avoid the committee’s inquiry “hadn’t occurred to him”.

As a result, Mr Johnson faces being hauled in front of MPs in a few months’ time for a potentially bruising televised question-and-answer session over the Partygate scandal that has left his premiership hanging by a thread.

If the committee concludes he lied to Parliament, he is also likely to face fresh Tory moves to oust him unless he resigns over what would be a clear breach of the ministerial code.

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It comes as The Good Law Project announced on Wednesday it would take formal legal action against the Metropolitan Police for their “apparent continued failure to properly investigate” Partygate.

The organisation questioned why Mr Johnson was only issued with one fine, despite attending multiple gatherings. The legal action will likely keep the issue in the public eye.

No 10 said the Prime Mininster was willing to “assist” the Privileges Committee as a senior party source confirmed he would appear for an oral hearing if asked.

Current and former Downing Street workers will be able to give evidence to the committee anonymously, ramping up the danger to Mr Johnson of disillusioned staffers handing over damaging material including photos, emails and videos.

The committee, which unanimously backed Labour grandee Harriet Harman as chair, has issued a call for witnesses and evidence on whether Mr Johnson deliberately misled MPs when he denied rule-breaking parties took place in No 10.

An online portal allows people to submit documents, photographs, and flag the existence of videos to send on to the MPs.

Other witnesses who could be called include the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson and his former advisor Dominic Cummings.

Former Brexit minister and Johnson-critic Steve Baker has warned that the Prime Minister could attempt to avoid the inquiry by calling a general election.

It follows reports that Conservative HQ was gearing up for a snap poll if Sir Keir Starmer is fined by Durham Police over a lockdown breach and forced to quit as Labour leader.

But asked during his European tour whether he was minded to call an early election, Mr Johnson said: “I don’t comment on those sorts of things.”

He added: “The idea hadn’t occurred to me, if you really want the truth, because I’m focused on getting through the cost-of-living pressures, developing and improving, widening our plan for a stronger economy, and making sure that we continue to offer leadership on some of the tough global issues the world faces.”

It came as the former head of the Government’s Covid taskforce, Kate Josephs, confirmed she was fined for attending her own lockdown-breaching leaving party at the Cabinet Office.

Ms Josephs is to return to work as Sheffield City Council’s chief executive following a probe by the local authority.


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