Chris Pincher: No 10 not telling the truth, says ex-senior civil servant

7/5/2022 3:17:00 PM

Boris Johnson was briefed in person about an inquiry into Chris Pincher's behaviour, says a former top civil servant.

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Boris Johnson was briefed in person about an inquiry into Chris Pincher's behaviour, says a former top civil servant.

On Monday, the children's minister Will Quince said he had received "a categorical assurance that the prime minister was not aware of any specific allegation or complaint made against the former deputy chief whip".Now,In his most stinging line of all Lord McDonald likened Downing Street statements to "telling the truth and crossing your fingers at the same time and hoping that people are not too forensic in their subsequent questioning".

Senior ministers who until very recently, the last 10 days, had assumed Boris Johnson would lead them into the next general election now aren't so sure."In substance, the allegations were similar to those made about his behaviour at the Carlton Club."

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Joy’s really raised her Johnson-trap game Blimey, my MP states openly “I just carry the bags”. I would honestly hope for more than that. The next GE can’t come soon enough joymorrissey Oh dear. I just carry the bags. Not commendable for the MP of Beaconsfield. Surely we, your constituents, are worth more than that joymorrissey?

joymorrissey Even bag carriers are allowed to have principles More chief fluffer then 'key advisor'. This MP knows diddley-squat about anything other than where her next photo op is. 'HR issue' - I ask you... What? Carry your own fucking bags. The stench of Johnson will be difficult to wash away johnsonout162

Unbelievable! “Very sincere, very genuine”, is he? He’s a bull*hitter!!! And to think we got her as an MP. Bring back Dominic Grieves, a man of honesty and integrity Low as cats shi.t.

Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson over Chris Pincher appointment\n\t\t\tKeep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world.\n\t\t\tStay informed and spot emerging risks and opportunities with independent global reporting, expert\n\t\t\tcommentary and analysis you can trust.\n\t\t How long are you going to stay silent on the theSNP cover up? Borris feels no pressure, he does not have the emotional capacity to care enough.

Ask Conor Burns about his fathers despicable behaviour in Belfast in the 70’s. “He was ambushed by his memories”! Putting the country first …🤣 Of course he does. Another Syncophant waaaaaay outof his depth. An imposter of a member of Parliament.

Chris Pincher suspension: Boris Johnson unaware of specific claims - ministerTherese Coffey says the ex-Tory MP facing groping allegations was vetted before being promoted. Don’t believe Johnson. How about a fact-check as part of the tweet. The BBC needs to be more than a parrot. Really? Anyone believe that? More likely Pinchers behaviour is so normalised in Johnson’s He didn't see the issue x

Boris Johnson Aware Of 'Reports And Speculation' Before Chris Pincher Appointment, Says No.10But Downing Street says there was 'no formal complaint' at the time he was made deputy chief whip.

No 10 finally admits Boris was aware of claims about disgraced Chris PincherA No 10 spokesperson has said it would have been 'not appropriate' for prime minister to step in. Pincher resigned on Thursday after reportedly ‘admitting to drunkenly assaulting two men’. He quit in a letter to Mr Johnson, admitting he ‘embarrassed’ himself while intoxicated.

Boris Johnson faces the Commons for first time since Chris Pincher scandalBRUISED Boris Johnson will face MPs in the Commons today for the first time since the Chris Pincher groping scandal rocked Westminster. The Prime Minister is expected to make a statement this after… Getting drunk is a scandal ? Rely on others to tell you what you did? Rely on former ex Downing Street advisor , removed , for past comments? Blame Boris!

Boris Johnson did know of concerns about Chris Pincher he became whipOn Friday, Downing Street insisted Boris Johnson was “not aware of any specific allegations” about the MP.

Tamworth MP Mr Pincher was suspended as a Conservative MP last week after allegations of sexual misconduct.Make informed decisions with the FT Keep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world.Tory whip resigns saying he 'embarrassed himself' Mr Pincher, who remains an independent MP for Tamworth in Staffordshire, quit as Tory deputy chief whip after he was accused of drunkenly groping two men at a private members' club in London on Wednesday.Chris Pincher: Boris Johnson Aware Of 'Reports And Speculation' Before Appointment, Says No.

Mr Pincher says he is seeking professional medical support and has denied misconduct. He has been contacted by the BBC for comment. Choose your subscription Try full digital access and see why over 1 million readers subscribe to the FT 1 € for 4 weeks. Downing Street had previously said Mr Johnson was not aware of any specific allegations against Mr Pincher when, in February, he appointed him deputy chief whip - a role in which he was responsible for enforcing discipline among Conservative MPs. A government source later defended the speed with which Mr Pincher was suspended, saying No 10 had acted swiftly after the complaint was lodged. On Monday, the children's minister Will Quince said he had received "a categorical assurance that the prime minister was not aware of any specific allegation or complaint made against the former deputy chief whip". However, later that day, that the prime minister had been aware of a formal complaint about the MP.

Now, in a strongly-worded letter to the parliamentary standards commissioner, Lord McDonald has disputed No 10's version of events. He told BBC Radio 4's World This Weekend the questions around the party's leadership had become "dominant" and party needed unity. In his most stinging line of all Lord McDonald likened Downing Street statements to "telling the truth and crossing your fingers at the same time and hoping that people are not too forensic in their subsequent questioning". Day by day this means ministers are being sent out with lines to take that disintegrate within hours of them being said out loud - not only humiliating for the ministers concerned but toxic for trust in the leadership of the party, and the country. And bubbling away underneath, increasing exasperation, from the Cabinet down, within the Conservative Party, of the ongoing inability of No 10 to actually focus on the business of government, rather than constantly fire fighting crises about the prime minister's capacity to tell the truth. It hasn't (so far) appeared to deny that Boris Johnson had any knowledge at all about some of the rumours surrounding him. Senior ministers who until very recently, the last 10 days, had assumed Boris Johnson would lead them into the next general election now aren't so sure.

And even those still supportive are worn down by what they see as the persistent own goals from Downing Street, which they regard as hard, even impossible to defend. Lord McDonald, who was the Foreign Office's most senior civil servant from 2015 to 2020, said that in the summer of 2019, a group of officials had "complained to me about Mr Pincher's behaviour". And elsewhere, Tory MP Craig Whittaker has denied suggestions in the Sunday Telegraph that he left his role in the whips' office in February in opposition to Mr Pincher's appointment, saying he stood down over health issues. "In substance, the allegations were similar to those made about his behaviour at the Carlton Club." Mr Pincher is facing accusations that he groped two men at the private members' club in London last week. Lord McDonald said an investigation upheld the complaint adding that: "Mr Pincher apologised and promised not to repeat the inappropriate behaviour.

" "Mr Johnson was briefed in person about the initiation and outcome of the investigation," he added. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Deputy PM Dominic Raab said: "I have discussed this with the prime minister over the last 24 hours, it is not my understanding that he was directly briefed." However when called to Parliament to answer questions on the subject a few hours later, Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis confirmed Mr Johnson was "made aware of this issue in late 2019" but had not "immediately" recalled the conversation. "He was told that the permanent secretary had taken the necessary action and that therefore no issue therefore arose about remaining as a minister." Mr Ellis face criticism from a number of Conservative MPs including William Wragg who said ministers should "ask themselves if can tolerate still being in government".

John Penrose asked how many principles of public life "have to be breached" before ministers say "enough is enough". Media caption, Watch: Dominic Raab says Simon McDonald's claims that the PM was briefed about Chris Pincher in 2019 were "news to me" Conservative MP - and critic of the PM - Mark Harper told the BBC's Politics Live that whips were responsible for the pastoral care of their party's MPs and that the appointment of Mr Pincher as deputy chief whip showed "a complete indifference to the welfare and safety of my parliamentary colleagues". The former chief whip said he was "quite upset" by the situation, adding that it appeared ministers had been "lied to by people in Downing Street before being sent out on to the media". Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayners said: "It is now clear that the prime minister knew about the seriousness of these complaints but decided to promote this man to a senior position in government anyway. He refused to act and then lied about what he knew.

" The Liberal Democrats deputy leader Daisy Cooper said: "Lord McDonald has shone a new light on this murky cover-up. Boris Johnson needs to own up to his web of lies and finally come clean today." Related Topics .