British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been forced to explain by his own independent ethics adviser why he believed Scotland Yard had not violated the country’s ministry code by imposing a “partisan” fine on him.
Lord Christopher Gidt, who reports directly to the prime minister in an advisory capacity, said in a ministerial annual report released on Tuesday that a “legitimate question” had been raised about the specific punishment notice issued by the Metropolitan Police for a coveted lockdown. – Breaking up a birthday party on Downing Street in June 2020.
The report states that Johnson must set up his “public case.”
“I did not consider that in the circumstances in which I received the notice of a definite-penalty notice was contrary to the regulations,” Johnson said in a letter to Gaid explaining, which has been made public.
“I have accepted the results and paid them according to the legal requirements. Giving a definite-fine notice is not a criminal punishment,” he said.
Gidt also criticized the prime minister’s advisers for repeatedly advising him in his report that he must make a public statement about his obligations under the “own” ministry code, the violation of which usually leads to the resignation of a minister.
“That suggestion has not been heeded, and the prime minister has not mentioned the publicity of the ministerial code of conduct on allegations of illegal assembly on Downing Street,” said an ethics adviser who, according to the Times, was on the verge of resigning.
Although Johnson has strongly defended his actions and blamed his delays in the Cabinet Code for the “failure of communication” between the offices, this is yet another blow to his slow but steadfast dissatisfaction with his leadership.
Several members of his own Conservative party in parliament have publicly criticized Partigate for his actions, and many have called for him to step down as leader and prime minister.
For the Tory MPs to have their leader ousted, 15 per cent of them will have to write to the chairman of the party’s powerful 1922 committee of backbench MPs. The current number stands at 54 MP and only Chairman Sir Graham Brady is aware of the exact number of letters before disclosing that the threshold for a no-confidence vote has been met.
If Johnson, 57, loses the confidence vote, he will be replaced as conservative leader and prime minister. After winning, he could not face another challenge for another year.
So far, that number seems far from the target, but the new row is making it harder for Johnson to move forward with the scandal, as he had hoped for in Parliament after another apology from top civilian employee Su Gray. Last month.
He reiterated this in his letter to Geidt, stating that he had “taken full responsibility for everything that happened in my watch and reiterated my apology to the House and the country as a whole.”
Angela Rainer, deputy leader of the opposition Labor Party, said Gaddafi’s report was “the latest sign of a massive sledgehammer around Downing Street”, adding: “This prime minister has been found and his days are numbered.”
It came as Rainer and Labor leader Kier Sturmer received police questions at an election-related rally in Durham in April last year as part of an investigation into alleged COVID violations, where Starr was depicted with a beer – resulting in what was described as a “beergate”.
Both leaders have denied violating rules at work-related events and have vowed to resign if fines are imposed.
“If the police decide to issue me a specific punishment notice, I will do the right thing and resign. In his call for Johnson, Sturmer said politicians deserve to be expected to follow the same rules as everyone else. To do.
At the time, during the coronavirus lockdown rule, there was a waiver if a gathering was “reasonably necessary” for work purposes and for electioneering purposes.
The local Durham Constabulary initially ruled that no crime had been committed but the force announced an investigation and said it had received “significant new information”.
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