Peer Simon McDonald publishes letter to Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards showing No 10 knew all about complaints – and that they were upheld against disgraced former deputy chief whip
Former senior civil servant Simon McDonald – now a crossbench peer – has published his letter sent today to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards exposing as lies the claims of Boris Johnson and his government that Johnson was not aware of complaints about the sexual misconduct of Tory MP Chris Pincher when he appointed him as deputy chief whip. Pincher has since resigned after admitting, following new complaints, that he had groped two men at a private members’ club.
Number 10 had first claimed that Johnson knew nothing about earlier complaints against Pincher at the time he was appointed as whip – then as revelations started to come out about the extent of Johnson’s knowledge, that morphed into a claim that he knew about some allegations but did not act as they had been unproven.
But Pincher’s letter states explicitly that Downing Street’s revised version is also untrue: the complaints against Pincher were upheld by an investigation – and Johnson had been fully briefed. Read McDonald’s full letter below:
Johnson’s position has long been untenable but it has always been clear he has no morals to ever consider resigning. Will these latest revelations from a figure right at the heart of the matter be enough to topple him? Time will tell, but Johnson has only been able to hold on this far because the country is bereft of effective opposition and he faces a notional ‘leader of the opposition’ just as dishonest and opportunistic as he is.
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