Johnson to reveal ‘sensational’ evidence in defense of Partygate scandal
Earlier this week, the UK’s House of Commons said former Prime Minister Boris Johnson will testify before Parliament’s Privileges Committee on March 22 about parties held in his office during the COVID lockdowns. -19 as part of an ongoing investigation.
Boris Johnson is set to publish new evidence that exonerates him in the case of parties during the COVID-19 pandemic, a British newspaper has reported, citing sources.
“It contains new evidence that helps his case,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying. “His case is that he told Parliament what he believed to be true at the time. There is documentary evidence which will show that he was advised to say what he said and said.
According to reports, the evidence will include messages from the former Prime Minister’s advisers telling him that no rules were broken at the parties.
The scandal erupted after it emerged that several social gatherings had been held at Johnson’s offices throughout 2020 and 2021, flouting COVID-19 social distancing rules. The situation was aggravated by reports that two more parties took place on April 16 last year, the day before Prince Philip’s funeral, while the UK was still maintaining COVID-19 restrictions and was in National mourning. Johnson later apologized and said he had paid the fine imposed by the Metropolitan Police.
Johnson became prime minister in July 2019 and resigned in September 2022 following multiple scandals over parties at his office during the COVID-19 shutdowns.