UK politics LIVE: Boris Johnson gets grilling at Liaison Committee over if he thought Owen Paterson was guilty

, UK politics LIVE: Boris Johnson gets grilling at Liaison Committee over if he thought Owen Paterson was guilty, The Habari News
, UK politics LIVE: Boris Johnson gets grilling at Liaison Committee over if he thought Owen Paterson was guilty, The Habari News
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he Prime Minister was quizzed at the Liaison Committee over whether he thought Owen Paterson was guilty.

Boris Johnson faced questions from MPs amid the sleaze crisis on Wednesday.

It comes after Sir Keir Starmer branded Mr Johnson a “coward” over his leadership during the sleaze crisis in a tense standoff at Prime Minister’s Questions.

PMQs comes ahead of a Opposition Day Debate on curbing MPs’ outside interests. In a surprise move, Mr Johnson on Tuesday announced he supported a ban on MPs undertaking consultancy and advisory work.

The Government effectively took over Labour’s opposition day debate by tabling an amendment with its own proposals.

The move provoked a furious response from Labour who accused ministers of “watering down” their original motion, effectively making it non-binding.

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Boris Johnson confirms “yes” Owen Paterson broke the rules

When asked if he believes that Owen Paterson broke the rules, Boris Johnson responded “yes.”

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Prod towards Johnson on why he will not give more power to independent adviser

The Prime Minister was asked why he will not allow the independent adviser on ministers to start his own inquiries.

Boris Johnson appointed the Rt Hon Lord Geidt the position in April.

When asked why he will “not just give him the power”, Mr Johnson said…

“What Lord Geidt can certainly do under the new dispensation that we’ve agreed is that he can suggest to me at his own initiative something that he thinks bears investigation or needs to be corrected or where something has gone wrong.

“It’s hard to think of circumstances in which I would want to overall him.”

He added: “I think people can see that the balance of the situation is well judged at the moment.”

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Boris Johnson explains his regret over Owen Paterson lobbying scandal

The Prime Minster told of his regret over the handling of the Westminster sleaze scandal when questioned by MPs today.

Boris Johnson told the Commons his initial reaction was to insist that paid advocacy and lobbying is against the rules and that anybody who does so should be properly penalised.

He added that, in retrospect, he was “obviously mistaken” in his later approach.

“The intention was not to exonerate anybody,” he continued.

“The intention was to see whether there was some way on a cross party basis we could improve the system.

“In retrospection, it was obviously obviously mistaken to think that we could conflate the two things.

“Do I regret that decision? Yes I certainly do.”

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Johnson told he has “tarred all of the House with the same brush”

The Prime Minister was challenged by MPs on the corruption surrounding former Tory MP Owen Paterson.

Chris Bryant, Labour MP, said: “The problem is you say that the country is not corrupt but what Owen Paterson did was a corrupt practice.

“It was lobbying ministers and officials on behalf of his paying clients. It is a corrupt practice.

“By all of this you have tarred all of the House with the same brush, and yourself haven’t you?”

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Prime Minister reiterates he “may well have been mistaken” in Westminster sleaze row

Boris Johnson admitted he “may well have been mistaken” in part of his approach to the Westminster sleaze row.

When told Owen Paterson had already been given an appeal, the Prime Minister said he acted “in the spirit of compassion.”

“In forming the impression that the former member of North Shropshire had not had a fair process, I may well have been mistaken but that was certainly the impression that many people seems to have,” he told MPs.

He added once more that he did think it a mistake but that it was “a particularly difficult case.”

“It is not often when a colleague suffers a family bereavement in the course of an investigation,” he continued.

“There was quite a lot of feeling about it and for that reason in the spirit of compassion, I thought it might be useful to see whether there was any cross party support.”

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Boris Johnson on whether Owen Paterson was guilty

The Prime Minster was quizzed on whether he thought Owen Paterson was guilty by MPs of the Liaison Committee today.

Responding to the question, Boris Johnson said: “I think it was a very sad case but I think there is no question that he had fallen foul of the rules on paid advocacy as far as I could see from the report.

“I think the question people wanted to establish was whether or not given the particularly tragic circumstances he has a fair right to appeal.”

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Boris Johnson appears before MPs of the Liaison Committee

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Boris Johnson accused of corruption in ongoing sleaze row

Boris Johnson has been accused of corruption amid the ongoing sleaze row at Westminster.

Labour Chair Anneliese Dodds said we must all play by the same rules and that the Prime Minister only made a U-turn “because he knew he’d been rumbled”.

“The people of Britain know when they are being taken for fools,” she told MPs at the Commons.

“When a party found guilty of breaking the rules tries to remake the rules to protect one of their own, there’s a word for that and that’s corruption.

“And that’s what this Prime Minister has brought into the heart of our politics.”

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Government says it has not lost meeting notes on Randox, it just cannot find them

The Government sought to clarify that it has not lost the minutes of a meeting between Randox and a health minister, only that it cannot find them at the moment.

On the meeting between the company and former minister Lord Bethell, health minister Gillian Keegan said: “I just want to make it clear what I said.

“We have been unable to locate a formal note of the meeting. That is what I have been told so far.

“That doesn’t mean there isn’t one. It has been unable to locate one. But of course everything we have will be put in the House of Commons Library.”

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Tory MPs furious at PM’s second jobs proposal

Backbench Tory MPs are furious about Boris Johnson’s proposal to ban consultancy work for MPs.

WhatsApp messages leaked to The Times’ Patrick Maguire suggest a considerable rebellion brewing on the backbenches.

Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, writes: “Is anyone else concerned that allowing the commissioner to tedermine which of us are ‘prioritising outside interests over their constituents’ and are then ‘investigated and appropriately punished’ makes us subordinate to an elected official.”

Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset, replies: “Yes.”

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MPs’ requests to visit Napier Barracks ‘being ignored’

MPs have been ignored after making requests to visit an army barracks in Kent where asylum seekers are being housed after arriving in the UK, ministers have heard.

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, for Westmorland and Lonsdale, told the Commons that requests from him and other MPs to visit Napier Barracks had been denied.

Requests had even come from the Home Affairs Committee of MPs responsible for scrutinising immigration policy, and Mr Farron said he was still “yet to hear anything” after his latest request for an on-site visit on October 27.

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said it was “for the Government to decide” whether to invite MPs to visit the barracks.