Lib Dems table no confidence motion in “lying lawbreaker” Boris Johnson

Lib Dems table no confidence motion in “lying lawbreaker” Boris Johnson

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The Liberal Democrats will today table a Parliamentary no confidence motion in Boris Johnson after he narrowly avoided being removed from office by his own Conservative MPs. The party has called for Parliament and the people to have a say on Johnson’s position after he marginally won support from his own MPs, despite breaking the law and misleading Parliament following his involvement in a string of illegal parties held at Number Ten during lockdown. It comes after 148 Conservative MPs voted to say they have no confidence in Johnson to hold the office of Prime Minister and to be the leader of the Conservative Party. Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: “The lying lawbreaker in Number Ten is clinging on by the skin of his teeth. Yesterday’s events have unleashed…
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Met Partygate fines: Sue Gray report must be published without delay

Met Partygate fines: Sue Gray report must be published without delay

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Responding to the news the Met Police have concluded their partygate investigation with a total of 126 fines issued, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: “This police investigation confirms Boris Johnson’s Downing Street was fined more times for breaking Covid laws than any other address in the country. It exposes a shocking level of criminality at the heart of Johnson’s Number 10. “It beggars belief that Conservative MPs are allowing our great country to be run by a prime minister who broke the law then repeatedly lied about it. “The full Sue Gray report should now be published without delay, and the parliamentary inquiry should be launched into Johnson’s lies. “The public made huge sacrifices while Boris Johnson partied, they deserve the full truth."
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Conservative MPs soft on the law-breaker in Number Ten

Conservative MPs soft on the law-breaker in Number Ten

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After confirmation that there will be an inquiry into whether the Prime Minister misled Parliament over lockdown parties, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP said: “Boris Johnson’s lies and law-breaking are groundbreaking. He’s not only the first Prime Minister to have been given a criminal penalty by the police while in office, but also the first to be referred for a parliamentary inquiry for lying. “By keeping the Prime Minister in his job, Conservative MPs have made themselves complicit in his law-breaking and his lies. There is no need to let this drag on for more weeks – they should sack Johnson now. “Conservative MPs love to claim others are soft on crime, but the truth is they’re being soft on the law-breaker right in front of them in…
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“Absurd” for Boris Johnson to insist lockdown parties didn’t break the law

“Absurd” for Boris Johnson to insist lockdown parties didn’t break the law

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Responding to reports that Boris Johnson is still refusing to accept that the law has been broken over Downing Street parties despite 20 fines being issued by the police, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and former police officer Wendy Chamberlain said: “It is completely absurd that Boris Johnson still won’t accept that the lockdown parties in Downing Street broke the law. “This stubborn denial flies in the face of the evidence. It shows that Johnson hasn’t learnt any lessons from this scandal and is still taking the British people for fools. “As a former police officer I know what people do to get out of answering questions.These excuses wouldn't cut it then and they won't cut it now with the public.”
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Met Partygate investigation: Johnson must come clean if being interviewed by police

Met Partygate investigation: Johnson must come clean if being interviewed by police

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Responding to the Metropolitan Police update on their investigation into lockdown parties in Number 10, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: “At a time of war in Europe and a cost-of-living crisis, Conservative MPs are keeping a criminal in Number 10. They can try and call it ‘fluff’, but everyone is seeing through Boris Johnson’s lies. “Johnson must come clean: is he being interviewed by the police and will he resign if found to have broken the law? No more fluff, just the facts for all those who suffered during lockdown while he partied.”
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Lib Dems demand tougher powers to sack ministers who breach ministerial code

Lib Dems demand tougher powers to sack ministers who breach ministerial code

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The Liberal Democrats have called for tougher sanctions for ministers who break the ministerial code, including being fined or forced to resign. The Liberal Democrats said that partygate showed that Boris Johnson and other Conservative ministers can’t be trusted to mark their own homework and that urgent reforms are needed to restore faith in Parliament and the democratic process. The party’s package of reforms include: Putting the Ministerial Code into law and making sure it is fully independent of the prime minister.Appointing an Independent Adviser to oversee the Code and launch their own investigationsIntroducing a range of sanctions for those found to have broken the Ministerial Code. This could include apologies, fines, and demanding a minister’s resignation. The proposals were voted on by party members at the Liberal Democrat Spring…
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Partygate: Lib Dems submit motion to reveal if PM and senior officials fined by Met Police

Partygate: Lib Dems submit motion to reveal if PM and senior officials fined by Met Police

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The Liberal Democrats have tabled a ‘Humble Address’ motion to force the government to reveal whether Boris Johnson, ministers and senior officials have been fined by the Met police over law-breaking parties in Number 10. The parliamentary motion would require the publication of a full list of the names of any elected officials, senior civil servants and political appointees given Fixed Penalty Notices as a result of the police investigation. It would also require the Sue Gray report to be published in full alongside any accompanying evidence including photographs. Scotland Yard have been given over 300 photographs and 500 pages of evidence by Suer Gray in support of their investigation into parties at Number 10 during lockdown. Sue Gray interviewed over 70 individuals for her report, but was unable to…
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Veiled threat to Met Police from Boris Johnson ally over partygate a “dark moment”

Veiled threat to Met Police from Boris Johnson ally over partygate a “dark moment”

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Responding to reports that a senior ally of Boris Johnson has said the Met Police will need to be 'very certain' that he has breached lockdown rules before issuing him with a fine, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: “This veiled threat by Number 10 allies is amongst very heavy competition perhaps the darkest moment of this whole sorry saga. “It shows a fundamental belief in the heart of government that Boris Johnson should be above the law and that Number 10 will bring any institution into disrepute to save Johnson’s skin. "This is a sobering reminder of why we need a cast-iron guarantee that Boris Johnson and his team will have nothing to do with the appointment of Cressida Dick's successor. “There was a time that the Conservatives called…
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Home Affairs Committee must approve new Met chief

Home Affairs Committee must approve new Met chief

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The Liberal Democrats are calling for the next Metropolitan Police Commissioner to be subject to a confirmation hearing and vote by Parliament’s cross-party Home Affairs Committee, to make sure the Government can’t “stitch it up”. Following Cressida Dick’s sudden retirement, there are fears that Boris Johnson and his allies could handpick her successor, despite being under criminal investigation. Under the current law, the Home Secretary chooses the Commissioner and “must have regard” to the Mayor of London’s recommendation. The Liberal Democrats are proposing a change to the law to add a requirement that the Home Affairs Select Committee votes to approve the appointment before it can be made. Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: “Boris Johnson is under criminal investigation by the Met. We cannot leave it…
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Partygate picture: Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister

Partygate picture: Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister

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Responding to the new image which shows Boris Johnson pictured with an open bottle of bubbly at an alleged No 10 Christmas Quiz, Liberal Deomcrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: "These new images confirm what we already know - Boris Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister. "The Met Police must add this to the long list of rule-breaking parties to investigate without delay. "Conservative MPs must also look themselves in the mirror and do the patriotic thing by calling on Boris Johnson to resign. Everyday the Prime Minister stays in office is an insult to those who endured such hardship during the pandemic."
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