Lib Dems table motion to publish minutes of Johnson and Sue Gray meeting

The Liberal Democrats will today table a motion in Parliament to force the Government to release the minutes of Boris Johnson’s meeting with Sue Gray.

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain will lay a Humble Address motion in Parliament, calling on the Government to publish the details of the meeting, including who was responsible for arranging it.

The motion will also call for the publication of all contact between Johnson and Gray during the course of the inquiry into breaches of coronavirus regulations in Downing Street.

This step comes following speculation over the origin and contents of the meeting between Boris Johnson and Sue Gray.

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP commented:

The public would be rightly angry if it turns out Boris Johnson put pressure on Sue Gray to water down her report into illegal Downing Street parties. A lack of transparency at this pivotal moment risks undermining the entire inquiry.

Johnson repeatedly stood up in Parliament and said this report would be completely independent, and would provide answers about the rule-breaking parties in Number 10.

We deserve to know whether this meeting really was an attempt to turn the report into a Downing Street stitch-up.

If the Government refuses to release the minutes of this meeting, then Liberal Democrats will use powers in Parliament to force them to.

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6 Comments

  • Barry Lofty 23rd May '22 - 5:24pm

    Well done! Too many people seem to think partygate should be forgotten, it must certainly should not!

  • Barry Lofty 23rd May '22 - 5:25pm

    Sorry ” most certainly “!

  • Tristan Ward 23rd May '22 - 5:43pm
  • I agree with the previous comments, but we should stress that this is not an academic argument about what happened in the past. The convention requiring those who have lied to parliament to resign is about its future. Johnson’s history as a liar stretches back to the prawn cocktail crisps article, and includes the £350m a week nonsense, but lying to Parliament is in a different category. If MPs can’t trust the Prime Minister, Parliament can’t function.

  • Ignoring the rules disrespected those who missed funerals and bedside farewells, but that isn’t the main issue. Downing Street employees, predominantly young and fit, didn’t fear for themselves, but they must have known they might catch Covid and spread it to more vulnerable people, so their social mixing was arrogant, and lacked the social conscience the rest of us showed.
    However, employees don’t make the culture, they conform to it. The bosses create the culture, and it must have been Johnson and Cummings who generated the feeling that “the rules don’t apply to us.”
    Johnson seems to want us to see him as a peripheral figure who occasionally stumbled into parties; he wasn’t peripheral, he was the head man at 10 Downing Street.

  • @ Andy Daer: “If MPs can’t trust the Prime Minister, Parliament can’t function”. And is the Prime Minister worried? No!

    I get the feeling, particularly in the last few days, that this Government couldn’t care less about the electorate of this country; their only concern is that Johnson should remain as Prime Minister.

    There is no plan for dealing with the cost of living crisis; there appears to be no plan for dealing with the inflationary pressures that are going to hit later on in the year; there appears to be no plan for helping with any further increases in energy charges!

    I have very little doubt (yes, some will call me cynical!) that the headlines will all be about the Prime Minister defending Britain against the dastardly European Union and, no doubt, dealing with fall-out from the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    I have a very firm feeling that all that matters to Boris Johnson is that he continues to hold the office of Prime Minister; anything else, including the responsibilities of that position, can be forgotten.

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