Boris Johnson starts parliamentary career with five consecutive defeats as Gove tries to appeal to data protection to avoid loss
Boris Johnson has suffered a fifth consecutive Commons defeat – the first five votes of his tenure – with MPs voting in support of a Dominic Grieve motion demanding by a majority of nine that the government release all communications relating to a no-deal Brexit and Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament.
No-deal minister Michael Gove appealed unsuccessfully to data protection requirements as an excuse for not releasing the information. WhatsApp messages are included in the demand.
311 MPs voted for the motion compared to 302 against.
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