Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. File | photo credit: Reuters
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shocked Britain on June 9 when he resigned as lawmaker after learning he would be punished for misleading parliament.
Mr Johnson resigned after receiving the results of an investigation by lawmakers into misleading statements he made in Parliament about partygate, a series of rule-breaking government parties during the pandemic.
In a lengthy resignation statement, Mr Johnson accused opponents of trying to oust him and hinted he might try to return.
It is very sad to leave Parliament, at least for now, he said.
Mr Johnson said he had received a letter from the Privileges Committee making it clear to my astonishment that they were determined to use the prosecution against me to oust me from Parliament.
He called the committee investigating him a kangaroo court.
Their goal from the start has been to find me guilty, regardless of the facts, Mr Johnson said.
The resignation will trigger a special election to replace Mr Johnson as lawmaker for a suburban London seat.
Mr Johnson, whose career has been a roller coaster of scandals and comebacks, led the Tories to a landslide victory in 2019 but was kicked out by his own party less than three years later.
He was awaiting the outcome of an investigation by a House of Commons standards committee into misleading statements he made in Parliament about a series of gatherings in government buildings in 2020 and 2021 which breached the pandemic lockdown rules.
Police eventually issued 126 late night, booze and Friday wine fines, including one to Mr Johnson, and the scandal helped hasten the end of his premiership.
The committee was due to publish its report in the coming weeks, and Mr Johnson could have been suspended from the House of Commons if found guilty of willfully lying.
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