Assailed by scandal, UK's PM Boris Johnson fights for his job

Assailed by scandal, UK's PM Boris Johnson fights for his job

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24/1/2022 7:01:00 PM

Assailed by scandal, UK's PM Boris Johnson fights for his job

LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fighting to shore up his premiership on Monday (Jan 24) as he faced the publication later this week of an investigation into boozy parties at the heart of the British state during Covid-19 lockdowns. Johnson, who in 2019 won the biggest Conservative majority in more than 30 years, is now assailed by...

Johnson, who in 2019 won the biggest Conservative majority in more than 30 years, is now assailed by scandal, facing claims that he and his staff partied during the worst pandemic for a century and a new accusation of racist discrimination in his party.

Police officers who guard Downing Street have been interviewed by Gray and have given "extremely damning" evidence, The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing an unidentified source.His former senior adviser Dominic Cummings — now a harsh critic — is due to be interviewed on Monday.

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Reuters file LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fighting to shore up his premiership on Monday (Jan 24) as he faced the publication later this week of an investigation into boozy parties at the heart of the British state during Covid-19 lockdowns. Johnson, who in 2019 won the biggest Conservative majority in more than 30 years, is now assailed by scandal, facing claims that he and his staff partied during the worst pandemic for a century and a new accusation of racist discrimination in his party. Ms Nusrat Ghani, 49, who lost her job as a junior transport minister in February 2020, told the Sunday Times that she had been told by a"whip" - an enforcer of parliamentary discipline - that her"Muslimness" had been raised as an issue in her sacking. The results of an official investigation by Cabinet Office official Sue Gray into the lockdown parties is due to be published later this week. "These accusations are completely false and I consider them to be defamatory," he said on Twitter. Johnson has given a variety of explanations about the parties: First he said no rules had been broken but then he apologised to the British people for the apparent hypocrisy of such gatherings. "As he said at the time, the Prime Minister takes these claims very seriously. Police officers who guard Downing Street have been interviewed by Gray and have given "extremely damning" evidence, The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing an unidentified source. During the retreat, PM Lee will be accompanied by Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam, Minister for Transport S Iswaran and Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng.

Johnson has denied a claim that he was told a "bring your own booze" lockdown gathering on May 20, 2020, which he says he thought was a work event, was inappropriate. He said they were completely false and defamatory. The scandals have drained public support from both Johnson personally and his party, presenting him with the most serious crisis of his premiership. [[nid:561862]] His former senior adviser Dominic Cummings — now a harsh critic — is due to be interviewed on Monday. Toppling Johnson would leave Britain in limbo for months just as the West deals with the Ukraine crisis and the world's fifth largest economy grapples with a once-in-a-generation inflationary wave triggered by the pandemic. Mr Johnson met Ms Ghani to discuss the"extremely serious" claims in July 2020, a spokesman from the Prime Minister's office said on Sunday. To trigger a leadership challenge, 54 of the 359 Conservative MPs in parliament must write letters of no confidence to the chairman of the party's 1922 Committee." In his response, Spencer said Ghani had declined to put the matter to a formal internal investigation when she first raised the issue last March. Leading rivals within the Conservative Party include Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, 41, and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, 46. "She did not take up this offer," Downing Street said.

Discrimination scandal Johnson on Monday ordered an inquiry into claims by a lawmaker who said she was fired from a ministerial job in the government partly because her Muslim faith was making colleagues uncomfortable. Nusrat Ghani, 49, who lost her job as a junior transport minister in February 2020, told the Sunday Times that she had been told by a "whip" — an enforcer of parliamentary discipline — that her "Muslimness" had been raised as an issue in her sacking. More On This Topic. The main opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said the Conservatives must investigate Ghani's account immediately. "The Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP," Downing Street said. "As he said at the time, the prime minister takes these claims very seriously." The government's chief whip, Mark Spencer, said he was the person at the centre of Ghani's allegations. "Nus is very brave to speak out.

He said they were completely false and defamatory. [[nid:563403]] "I have never used those words attributed to me," he said. Johnson met Ghani to discuss the "extremely serious" claims in July 2020, a spokesperson from the prime minister's office said on Sunday. Johnson has said he had neither seen nor heard any evidence to support Wragg's claims. Downing Street said that when the allegations were first made, Johnson recommended she make a formal complaint to the Conservative Campaign Headquarters. "She did not take up this offer," Downing Street said.

Ghani's allegation came after one of her Conservative colleagues said he would meet police to discuss accusations that government whips had attempted to "blackmail" lawmakers suspected of trying to force Johnson from office. Johnson, who in 2019 won his party's biggest majority in more than 30 years, is fighting to shore up his authority after the"partygate" scandals, which followed criticism of the government's handling of a corruption row and other mis-steps. READ ALSO: If you don’t like our faces, listen to our fortnightly podcast E-Junkies where we lepak one corner with famous people # .