Wednesday, May 4, 2022

“Bumbling and pantomime”: In the Prime Minister’s Committee meeting of 1922 with Tory MPs

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Boris Johnson was accused of not taking the Partygate scandal seriously enough during a 1922 committee meeting

Sir Roger Gale, an ardent critic of Mr Johnson who has tabled a letter of no confidence, announced he left the meeting after three minutes.

Boris Johnson has been accused of not taking the Partygate scandal seriously enough as details of the Prime Minister’s private meeting with Tory MPs emerged last night.

He said he objected to the prime minister’s “tone” and criticized his “rage and pantomime performance”.

“I found the tone of the meeting from the start very different, shall we say, to the tone of the House of Commons,” he said Sky news.

“I was expecting a serious meeting about serious issues.

“I wasn’t expecting much din and pantomime, and I’m afraid I heard that, and it seemed my time was better spent on other things.”

He appeared to agree with host Kay Burley’s interpretation that Mr Johnson deviated from the remorse shown in the chamber at the meeting.

“I didn’t like the tone of the meeting…I wasn’t particularly interested in what I heard,” he said.

When asked if the Prime Minister wasn’t taking the matter seriously enough, Sir Roger replied: “You could say that, yes.”

However, the backbencher added that colleagues had told him the meeting “later got more serious” and that Mr Johnson had been asked “rather searching questions”.

Other MPs in attendance said Mr Johnson appeared upbeat as he addressed the party for 35 minutes.

He is understood to have focused much of his speech on telling MPs that the public wanted the government to focus on the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine.

Mr Johnson is also said to have attacked the Archbishop of Canterbury, who used his Easter sermon to criticize the government’s new immigration plans in Rwanda.

Laughter and the clatter of tables could be heard in the corridor, they added.

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker was greeted with cheers after he said Partygate was “an incredibly wet blanket that suffocates all good news,” according to a mirror Source.

But the MP is also said to have struck a more serious tone when he asked Mr Johnson to contact the Standards Committee to spare Tory MPs having to vote on whether he should be investigated.

However, the Prime Minister made it clear that he did not think this was a good idea and said he would be in India Politically reported.

The news site also said Newcastle-under-Lyme MP Aaron Bell asked if the alleged gathering at the Downing Street flat was a working event. Mr Johnson replied that it was.

but The audience reported that Mr Bell asked a slightly different question – whether there had been a party at the Downing Street flat. The answer given was no.

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