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Parliamentary Probe Into PM's Partygate Actions To Go Ahead


A Labour Party motion calling for PM Boris Johnson to be referred to the House of Commons Priviliges Committee over his actions in the 'partygate' scandal has passed without a division taking place.

  • The motion was approved 'on the nod' without opposition from the gov't or Conservative MPs after a late U-turn that saw the gov't scrap plans to put forwards a 'wrecking amendment' to the motion and offering a free vote to Conservative MPs on the motion.
  • By not opposing the motion and avoiding a vote, the gov't avoids Conservative MPs physcially having to vote for the investigation to go ahead.
  • Piles more pressure on PM, this now being the third investigation into alleged COVID-19 rule breaking in Downing St in 2020, alongside those being carried out by Cabinet Office civil servant Sue Gray and the Metropolitan Police. Notable risks to Johnson's continued tenure as PM.
  • Will ensure weeks, if not months of continued media coverage of the events. Conservatives already struggling with weak opinon polling, and Johnson's popularity with backbench MPs could be damaged even further if Wakefield by-election and 5 May local elections go poorly for the party.

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