World · July 7, 2022

Here are some of the biggest scandals of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Johnson’s government has been plagued by a number of scandals, from accusations of his contempt for the rules and revelations of illegal block-breaking parties held on Downing Street, to allegations of impropriety and abuse by conservative lawmakers.

Here’s a look at some of his government’s most notable scandals.

The monarch stamped the request in line with her duty to stay out of politics and act only on the council of ministers.

But when the Supreme Court found the extension to be illegal, it raised the uncomfortable question of whether the Queen had broken the law. The ruling led to accusations against Johnson’s government of deliberately misleading the monarch as part of its strategy to secure Brexit.

Johnson was forced to personally apologize for embarrassing the monarch, according to the Sunday Times.

But the failed extension was just one example of Johnson’s contempt for parliamentary rules and standards.

He argued Interior Minister Priti Patel after an investigation into allegations of staff bullying found that he violated the ministerial code and did not “treat his civil servants with consideration and respect” and had committed “behavior that may be described as bullying “.

Johnson’s ethics adviser Alex Allen resigned over the matter.

The renovation of the apartment

One of the first scandals Johnson faced was a corruption allegation after WhatsApp messages revealed that he had asked a Conservative Party donor for funds to refurbish his Downing Street residence. British news reports reported that the job cost around £ 200,000 ($ 280,000).

Political grants and loans are tightly controlled in the UK, with loans of over £ 7,500 ($ 10,400) being recorded and publicly disclosed by the commission four times a year.

Johnson did not report the donations and, as a result, the Conservative Party was fined £ 17,800 by the Electoral Commission in December last year.

Owen Paterson lobbying scandal

Last year, Johnson attempted to force Conservative MPs to vote in favor of lifting the suspension of a Conservative colleague in Parliament.

Owen Paterson, an influential Conservative backbencher and former cabinet minister, faced a 30-day suspension after being accused of “egregious” violation of lobbying rules.

Following a backlash, Johnson made a U-turn and Paterson eventually stepped down as an MP.

The Liberal Democrats won the Paterson seat – one the Conservatives had held for nearly 200 years – in the subsequent December by-election.

gate of the party

Johnson has faced months of damaging revelations of parties held in Downing Street in spite of the coronavirus lockdown, with leaks and images trickling into the media since January.

A report released in May by top state official Sue Gray criticized the culture of rule-breaking events and revealed new photographs of her in two separate meetings.

Between the holidays: a night of alcoholism on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, at a time when strict socialization restrictions forced even the queen to sit down alone to say goodbye to her nearly 74-year-old husband.

Gray wrote that “senior management at the core” of the Johnson administration “must take responsibility” for a culture that allows parties to take place.

Johnson himself was fined by the London Metropolitan Police for attending a party on government premises, making him the first British Prime Minister in history to break the law in office. Sunak, who resigned on Tuesday, was also fined for attending the same event.

Johnson’s handling of the scandal was particularly misleading, with Downing Street first denying there were any meetings, then said he didn’t know them and then claimed he attended because he believed they were business events.

Pincher misconduct allegations

This week’s cascade of resignations was triggered by revelations that Johnson appointed Chris Pincher to his cabinet despite being aware of previous sexual misconduct allegations.

Pincher, the deputy head of the Conservatives, resigned last week after accusing him of tempting two guests at a private dinner. Pincher did not admit the allegations directly, but told Johnson in a letter that “I drank too much last night” and “embarrassed myself and other people.”

Downing Street had struggled to explain why Pincher was in government in the first place, amid a wave of revelations about his previous alleged conduct, denying that Johnson knew anything specific about the allegations.

It emerged on Tuesday that a complaint against Pincher had been filed with the Foreign Office about three years ago and that Johnson had been briefed on the incident. Downing Street later said he forgot.

Johnson acknowledged it “was a mistake” to appoint Pincher to his cabinet on Tuesday, but the damage had already been done. The wave of government resignations began minutes after he apologized for the decision, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid delivering their warnings. Dozens followed in the next 24 hours.

CNN’s Rob Picheta and Luke McGee contributed to the report.