Allies of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have spoken out against who they consider part of a “witch hunt” by a parliamentary committee that could lead to the outgoing prime minister’s removal from Parliament.
Still Johnson’s detractors, including at least one MP inside Johnson’s own party, say that the work of the committee is fair and unbiased.
Johnson resigned as prime minister in July over a deluge of criticism that he lied to parliament over a number of issues, including holding parties in Number 10 Downing Street, when the rest of the country was in lockdown, known in the UK as Partygate.
Ultimately the PM was brought down after many of his colleagues came to the conclusion that he had misled them about his knowledge of the sexual misconduct of Chris Pincher MP, who Johnson had appointed to a cabinet position.
Johnson was fined by the London Metropolitan Police. He has always denied any criminal misdeeds.
The Committee of Privileges is a select committee set up by Parliament. One of its remits is to investigate wrongdoing by members of Parliament. It is now investigating whether Johnson broke rules parliamentary rules against public gatherings when sanctions were imposed during the CCP virus outbreak.
Lord Zac Goldsmith, the environment and international development minister, in an act of loyalty toward the outgoing British PM, called the committee “clearly rigged.”
On the other side of the House of Commons, Chris Byrant, Labour MP and the former chair of the House of Commons Privileges who stood down in June, supported the work of the committee.
Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party, the third largest party in the House of Commons, responded to Dorries on Twitter.
Some inside Johnson’s party support the work of the committee.
Laura Farris, a Conservative MP who resigned from the Committee of Privileges, has been critical of the PM in the past.
A spokesperson for the committee told The Epoch Times that there has been no formal change to the committee membership.
“Laura Farris MP remains a member of the Committee until the House formally discharges her and appoints a new member. Members’ names continue to appear on the committee website until the House formally discharges them from that committee,” the spokesperson said.
The committee has been collecting data If they find that he lied to Parliament he could be suspended. The committee refused to comment on the particulars of any tweets. Under Parliamentary rules a ban of more than 10 days could cause a by-election if more than 10 percent of his constituents petition for it.