Johnson to give evidence to privileges committee on media

Johnson to give evidence to privileges committee on media

After months of wrangling and years since the events in question took place, Boris Johnson will give his long-awaited testimony to the Parliament's privileges committee on Wednesday. Johnson gave a speech at the No 10 press office on November 27th, 2020. There was no social distancing, and people were standing four to five deep. On 1 December 2021, Johnson told the House of CommonsHouse of Commons that all guidance was followed completely in No 10 The following week, Johnson told MPs he had been repeatedly assured that no party was going to exist and that no Covid rules were broken.

Johnson is said by witnesses to have seen press office gatherings on his way to No 10 flat and to have occasionally joined these gatherings when his attendance had not been planned. The committee has confirmed that such a line of sight exists. Does he deny seeing these gatherings?

4 Despite Johnson's repeated claim that he had been advised that no rules were broken, was this really his general view or was it taken primarily from a line to take developed by his director of communications?

5 Johnson denied to the House that rules had been broken, but evidence to the contrary was reported in the media. The former prime minister had plenty of opportunities to correct the official record if he felt it was necessary.