MPs investigating whether or not Boris Johnson intentionally misled parliament over the Partygate scandal have demanded a tranche of paperwork, together with the prime minister’s diaries and pictures of occasions.
The committee of privileges, which is able to start holding proof classes in September, after the summer time recess, wrote to Mr Johnson and the cupboard secretary, Simon Case, on Friday.
Ordering No 10 to launch the paperwork, MPs requested Mr Johnson’s diaries masking eight dates – together with 19 June 2020, when a birthday gathering was held for the prime minister within the cupboard room.
Both Mr Johnson and the previous chancellor, Rishi Sunak, had been issued with fastened penalty notices by the Metropolitan Police in relation to this occasion, as a part of the Met’s investigation into breaches of Covid rules.
The MPs demanded the discharge of all electronic mail and digital occasion invites – together with these despatched through WhatsApp – together with Downing Street entry logs. They additionally requested the prime minister’s briefing packs for his appearances within the Commons.
In addition, the committee requested “all photos for days where Mr Johnson attended any event included in the timeline, including those by the PM’s official photographer Andrew Parsons”.
After the prime minister informed MPs in December that he had acquired assurances that no Covid guidelines had been damaged, the committee urged No 10 to launch “all advice (including legal advice) and assurances received by Mr Johnson” regarding the occasions in query.
In her letter to Mr Case and Mr Johnson, the chair of the committee, Labour MP Harriet Harman, stated: “The committee would be grateful to recieve the specified documents by no later than 15 August.”
Downing Street, nevertheless, couldn’t assure that it could present the committee with all of the proof requested. “You will appreciate that we have recently received those letters and requests, which we’ll now take a proper look at,” a No 10 spokesperson stated.
“As we’ve said before, we will assist the committee in their inquiries, but once we’ve had the time to look at the letters and requests we’ll set out our response to the committee.”
Before Mr Johnson introduced his resignation final week, some MPs had been awaiting the result of the committee’s inquiry earlier than shifting towards the prime minister.
In spite of Mr Johnson’s imminent departure from Downing Street, the committee will proceed its work into whether or not he intentionally misled parliament, with the problem more likely to be thrust again into the highlight in September. The committee has the facility to advocate sanctions if the prime minister is discovered to have breached parliamentary guidelines.