Boris Johnson apology: LIVE updates as Boris Johnson set to address MPs over partygate fine

Mr Johnson is expected to update the House of Commons on the partygate affair

The Prime Minister is expected to make a “full-throated apology” to MPs after he was fined by police for attending a birthday bash in breach of Covid rules.

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Mr Johnson is widely expected to make a statement in the Commons today, as MPs return to Westminster following the Easter recess.

As well as addressing MPs in the Commons, Mr Johnson will also reportedly speak to a meeting of the entire Conservative parliamentary party on Tuesday evening.

Last updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2022, 08:27

Brandon Lewis has suggested that Boris Johnson being fined as part of the investigation into alleged lockdown parties in Downing Street was akin to ministers having previously received parking ends.

The Northern Ireland Secretary told Sky News: “I think we do see consistently, whether it is through parking fines or speeding fines, ministers of both parties over the years have been in that position.

“We’ve had prime ministers in the past who have received penalty notices, from what I can see, and also front bench ministers.

“I saw there was a parking notice that Tony Blair had once. We’ve seen front bench Labor ministers and, let’s be frank, government ministers as well.”

He added: “You’ve asked me, can someone who sets the laws and the rules, can they also be someone who breaks the rules.

“That clearly has happened with a number of ministers over the years.”

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis

Now is not the time for Boris Johnson to step down over “partygate” and “it is certainly not in the country’s interests to think about replacing the Prime Minister”, the treasurer of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbench MPs has said.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “At a time when thousands of our constituents are facing the biggest squeeze in their cost of living for a generation, when we are facing a bloody war in Europe the like of which we haven’t ‘t seen since the Second World War, when we are seeing a slowdown of the world economy because of all of that – to force the prime minister out and have instability at the top of government for at least two months, as I know as treasurer of the 1922 when we re-selected a successor to Theresa May, I think would be not in the country’s interests.”

Earlier Tobias Ellwood MP told BBC Breakfast that now was the time for a vote on Mr Johnson’s future as Prime Minister.

“Unfortunately, many, many MPs continue to be very numbered by this, very, very concerned by where we’re going,” he said.

Hello and welcome to our live blog ahead of what may well be a monumental day in UK politics.

The prime minister will face MPs after being issued with a fixed penalty as a result of a police investigation into lockdown breaches in Downing Street and Whitehall in 2020 and 2021.

Mr Johnson is expected to update the House of Commons on the affair and also look to address members of his own party amid some calls to quit.

But will it be enough? Keep up to date with all the goings on in Westminster today in our live blog.

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