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Boris Johnson Resigns Amid Partygate Scandal

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Boris Johnson Resigns Amid Partygate Scandal

Boris Johnson, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has resigned as a Conservative MP, claiming he was compelled to leave Parliament due to the Partygate scandal.

Here are the crucial details regarding his resignation:

  1. Privileges Committee Investigation: Johnson revealed that he had obtained an advance copy of a report from the Commons Privileges Committee, which was investigating whether he had misled the Commons about Downing Street lockdown parties.
  2. Explosive Statement: In a lengthy statement, Johnson described the committee as a “kangaroo court” with a predetermined agenda to find him guilty, regardless of the facts. He criticized the report, citing inaccuracies and prejudice.
  3. Committee’s Response: The committee, comprised mostly of Conservative MPs, stated that it had followed procedures and its mandate. It confirmed it would conclude the inquiry and publish its report promptly.
  4. By-Election Triggered: Boris Johnson’s resignation initiates a by-election in his marginal constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
  5. Denial and Accusations: Johnson maintained his innocence, asserting that there was no evidence he knowingly or recklessly misled the Commons. He accused the committee’s chairwoman, Harriet Harman of Labour, of bias and expressed dismay at the circumstances leading to his departure.
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Boris Johnson’s resignation follows mounting pressure amid the Partygate scandal, which involved his attendance at a lockdown party for which he was fined by the police. Criticism of his handling of the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine further intensified the pressure.

This resignation serves as a significant setback for the Conservative Party, which must now navigate a leadership contest. Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, is currently considered the frontrunner to succeed Johnson.

The future plans of Boris Johnson remain uncertain. While he intends to remain in Parliament as a backbencher, he has also hinted at a potential return to politics in the future.

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