Emergency Debate: PM should show up or show an abdication of leadership

The Liberal Democrats have this morning called on Boris Johnson to show up to the emergency debate on standards today in Parliament. They have said his failure to do so would be a shocking “abdication of leadership”.

The debate, secured by the Liberal Democrats follows last week’s vote in which Conservative MPs voted to overturn the suspension of Owen Paterson and overhaul Parliament’s anti-sleaze rules.

Commenting ahead her debate, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP said: “A fish rots from the head down, and it’s the same with Boris Johnson’s corrupt and sleazy government. If Johnson fails to appear at the emergency debate on sleaze today it’ll be a shocking abdication of leadership.

Wendy Chamberlain

“From the redecoration of his flat to holidays reportedly paid for by Tory party donors, the prime minister has serious questions to answer about his own integrity and allegations he has breached parliamentary standards.

“We have to ask why the Prime Minister seemed so intent on undermining the independent standards commissioner and tearing up anti-sleaze rules. It looks very much like Boris Johnson was trying to use Owen Paterson’s case to get himself off the hook, which would be a new low even by his standards.”

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