When parliament’s all-party requirements committee really useful a 30-day suspension for the Conservative MP Owen Paterson it set off a sequence of occasions that has now mired the authorities in sleaze allegations. Somewhat than settle for his punishment, Paterson and his allies got here out preventing and satisfied Boris Johnson to aim to abolish the present disciplinary physique altogether and re-run the course of. Having pressured an modification via a livid Home of Commons utilizing the authorities’s majority, the prime minister was pressured into retreat and finally Paterson resigned as an MP.
However as Jonathan Freedland tells Nosheen Iqbal, the story doesn’t finish there. Johnson himself is going through rising questions on his personal private conduct as a member of parliament alongside persistent allegations that the Conservative celebration rewards donations with peerages.
Yesterday, an emergency debate in the Commons heard indignant opposition MPs strongly denouncing the authorities and an opinion ballot confirmed that the Conservatives had misplaced their result in Labour with voters. However with out an election in sight, it’s Boris Johnson’s personal MPs whose disgruntlement could fear him the most.
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