Politics LIVE: Boris Johnson resists calls to resign | Updates as Downing Street prepared for the Sue Gray report


The prime minister will face more questions about a police investigation into partygate, as No. 10 prepares to file a report on possible lockdown violations.

Boris Johnson clashed with Sir Keir Starmer and other members of the Opposition at PMQ as the Gray investigation draws closer.

A Downing Street source said Sue Gray had, as of Tuesday night, not delivered her findings on alleged coronavirus rule-breaking parties held at the top of the Government.

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Police launched their own investigation into multiple events at No. 10 after receiving information from Gray’s investigation.

We will have live updates from PMQ and more on our live blog.

Last update: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 14:18

A senior official was heard saying that Boris Johnson had issued the call for the evacuation of Nowzad’s staff, whistleblower Raphael Marshall wrote in evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Marshall wrote: “On Wednesday, August 25, I heard the senior official (‘Crisis Silver’) responsible for Afghan special cases say that they had just received instructions from the prime minister to ‘redirect’ Nowzad staff to Kabul airport for evacuation.

“I then heard Silver instruct team members to forward the names and passport details of Nowzad’s staff to the Home Office for security checks.

“A colleague said ‘we’re doing the dogs’ or ‘we’re doing the dog people.’ A colleague said that the Prime Minister had issued this instruction at a COBR meeting. It is possible that the high-level meeting referenced was technically a meeting of the National Security Council.”

House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said talks were underway with Downing Street and Jacob Rees-Mogg in a bid to give MPs “time to digest” Sue Gray’s report on the party’s allegations. .

Conservative MP Peter Bone (Wellingborough), raising a point of order, asked for assurances that a statement on the report would be delivered to the House of Commons on Friday if it is published on Thursday night.

Sir Lindsay said that “he has not been notified of the date or time of any statement”, adding in the House of Commons: “The Prime Minister has promised to make a statement.

“What I would hope is that the members will be able to see the report and I hope that time will be given for the members to digest it.”

He added: “I am more than happy to adjourn and leave it until later tonight if it comes now, to give good time, I am happy to work with the Leader of the House (Mr. Rees-Mogg) to ensure that this House is treated correctly, fairly and in the right way.

“So I assure you that those talks between my office and the leader’s office, as well as Downing Street, are taking place to do the right thing by this House.”

Sir Keir Starmer has accused the Tories of publicly undermining the Union by treating Scotland with “disdain”.

Downing Street has said it is not yet aware that the Metropolitan Police have asked to interview Boris Johnson.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “Not that I know of, but as a general rule I’m not going to get into people who may or may not be involved.”

The government did not confirm whether it will scrap plans for a new law to tackle economic crime.

Responding to a question from Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) about reports that the Economic Crimes Bill would be scrapped, Business Minister Paul Scully said: “I’m sure you understand I’m not going to speculate on the content of any future”. Queen’s speech. That is where the Government will set its legislative agenda for the next parliamentary session.

“However, I can confirm that the government is committed to fighting economic crime.”

Mr. Scully listed a number of actions the government had taken against economic crime, including the creation of a national economic crime center to coordinate police response.

“I’d rather be led by a lawyer than by a liar” Lloyd Russell-Moyle is forced to withdraw his comment after criticizing the prime minister.

The Speaker reprimands him for calling Boris Johnson a liar and orders him to withdraw the comment.

South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray says Cornish people voted in the prime minister with a promise to deliver Brexit and says he was successful.

In the face of the pandemic, he says, he built a world-leading vaccination system and then lifted Covid restrictions against pressure not to.

Sir Keir Starmer has called on Boris Johnson to resign as prime minister, suggesting he had misled Parliament.

Labor leader Sir Keir said: “I think the PM said yes, he agrees that the code applies to him. Therefore, if he misled Parliament, he must resign.

“On December 1, the Prime Minister told this House in relation to the parties during the lockdown: ‘All instructions in Number 10’, from that dispatch box, were fully followed.

“On December 8, the Prime Minister told this House: ‘I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations surfaced that I had not left.’ So since you recognize that the ministerial code applies to you, will you resign now?”

Johnson responded: “No, Mr. President. Since you asked about Covid restrictions, let me remind the House, and indeed the country, that it has been ruthlessly opportunistic throughout.

“It has switched back and forth, it would have kept us locked up in the summer, it would have locked us up again at Christmas.

“Precisely because we didn’t listen to Captain Hindsight, we have the fastest growing economy in the G7 and we got every big decision right.”

Johnson also revealed that the government would launch a plan on Thursday to get half a million people “off welfare to work.”


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