Boris humiliated: Starmer rubs hands with glee as PM forced into embarrassing U-turn


    MPs this afternoon voted to undo a Commons motion voted through the Chamber on November 3.

    It ends a 14-day saga that has overshadowed the Government.

    The Prime Minister found himself embroiled in a row over sleaze after he looked to change the system which proposed a Tory MP be suspended from the Commons for 30 days.

    Conservatives were whipped to create a new appeals process for those found guilty of breaking MPs’ rules if a vote two weeks ago.

    In the face of public backlash, the Government quickly U-turned on the decision and said it would scrap its plans.

    Ever since Mr Johnson has been bombarded with uncomfortable questions and polling over his handling of the issue.

    The Government faced repeated accusations of corrupt behaviour and of “one rule for us, another for everyone else” following the scandal.

    Mr Johnson has admitted he could have handled the row “better” following the government’s ill-fated move to halt the suspension of Tory backbencher Owen Paterson.

    Mr Paterson was found guilty of having lobbied the Government on behalf of firms who employed him as a consultant.

    The attempt to reform the system, and subsequent u-turn from the Government less than 24 hours later, intensified the spotlight on MPs’ second jobs and their expenses claims.

    More to follow…


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