Johnson’s govt accused of threatening a dozen rebel Tory MPs — Analysis
House of Commons Standards Committee chair Chris Bryant said it had “abandoned its moral compass,” having allegedly “blackmailed” disgruntled lawmakers to save the PM
Boris Johnson and senior Conservative Party figures allegedly threatened to withhold funding from the constituencies of around 12 rebel Tory MPs if they did not cease their efforts to oust the prime minister from office, the chair of the House of Commons’ internal watchdog has claimed.
Chris Bryant (Labour MP) made the shocking claims on Saturday’s BBC radio show. Bryant claimed that several Tory MPs had said to him that they either had been warned by Johnson, the party whips or had been promised. “levelling-up”If they require funding “vote[d] the right way.”
It is important to note that such “illegal”Activity amounted “misconduct in public office,”Bryant stated that “allocation of taxpayer funding to constituencies should be according to need, not according to the need to keep the prime minister in his job.”
He stated that there was a lot to be said for the levelling-up of funds last spring, to revitalize infrastructure throughout the country. “an open opportunity for government ministers to corruptly hand out money to some MPs and not to others.”
This, in the end, strikes at the heart of whether or not we have a government that understands the proper way of doing things … there’s been a complete abandonment of any kind of moral compass around all of these issues.
This is the first allegation about “blackmail”William Wragg, Conservative MP for the UK was responsible for making Thursday’s statement about whips. He claimed Johnson’s critics were being subjected to threats and “intimidation”Staffers from Downing Street. Wragg has sent The Telegraph a letter in no confidence to the prime minister. “stand by what I have said”That and more “no amount of gas-lighting will change that.”
Wragg stated that he was meeting with a Scotland Yard Detective next week in order to talk about the matter. “several examples”A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police did not confirm whether they would become involved in this matter. But they stated that “as with any such allegations, should a criminal offence be reported to the Met, it would be considered.”
The potential police involvement would be a significant escalation of the ongoing battle between senior Tory officials and vocal party backbenchers frustrated with Johnson’s leadership. It would represent another setback at a time when Downing Street is grappling with the fallout from its ‘Partygate’ scandal.
A spokesperson for Johnson said on Friday that the prime minister’s office would launch an inquiry into the allegations of blackmail only if evidence was provided to support the claims.
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