Ex-UK PM Boris Johnson Resigns As Lawmaker (www.naijanews.com)

Ex-UK PM Boris Johnson Resigns As Lawmaker


Former United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced his resignation as a member of parliament on Friday.

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The 58yearold populist politician claimed that he had been forced out in a stitchup by his political opponents.

Johnson has been under investigation by a crossparty committee about whether he repeatedly lied to parliament over Covid lockdownbreaking parties when he was in office.

In evidence earlier this year he angrily insisted he had not.

But as the committee prepares to make public its findings, he said they had contacted him making it clear they are determined to use the proceedings against me to drive me out of parliament.

The Privileges Committee, which has a majority of MPs from his own Conservative party, has powers to impose sanctions for misleading parliament, including suspension.

Ordinarily, suspension of more than 10 working days leads to a byelection in the MPs constituency.

Johnson, though, preempted any finding or having to fight to remain an MP in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency in northwest London where he holds a slim majority of just over 7,000 by quitting.

He denounced the committee, chaired by veteran opposition Labour MP Harriet Harman, as a kangaroo court.

It is very sad to be leaving Parliament at least for now but above all I am bewildered and appalled that I can be forced out, antidemocratically with such egregious bias, hesaid.

Recall that Boris Johnson quit as prime minister and left office in September 2022.

Johnson, who was sacked from his first job at The Times newspaper for making up a quote, made his name as Brussels correspondent of the Daily Telegraph peddling euromyths.

He first became an MP in 2001 until 2008, then quit to serve two fouryear terms as Londons mayor.

He became an MP again in 2015, going on to be foreign secretary under Theresa May.


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