November 30, 2021

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Boris, who has been accused of supporting allies, opposes explaining himself in the British Parliament

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected calls to appear in parliament on Monday amid allegations of support for his conservative government. Last week, Boris sparked outrage by supporting a reform of parliamentary rules to avoid sanctions on Conservative MP Owen Patterson. The purpose of the initiative is to allow any accused spouse to argue and appeal without suspension from Parliament.

In response to these maneuvers, the House of Commons organized an urgent debate on the rules of conduct that would shape the work of members of parliament on Monday afternoon. But Boris justified his absence by saying he was planning a “long overdue” visit to a hospital in the Northeast.

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The parliamentary mechanism is used to deal with urgent matters in the House, and its realization to be sought by a deputy is at the discretion of the President (of the House).

“If there is a positive thing from all this, the President is determined to lead us towards an organization that allows for a multi-faceted view,” the Prime Minister said.

Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections after the House of Commons sentenced Patterson to one month’s suspension for “misconduct”. Following the revelation in Parliament that the deputy had earned more than half a million euros by promoting the interests of two companies, Randox Labs and Lynn Food Company, he offered paid advice.

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To save Patterson, the government forced its conservative lawmakers to approve an amendment that removed the sentence under the pretext of amending the legislature’s ethical review system. The text went ahead, but with a small majority of 18 votes (80 more than the Conservative opposition). More than 50 conservatives decided to avoid or oppose this decision.

A few hours later, the reform proposal was separated from Patterson’s particular case. The deputy was left to his own devices and submitted his resignation to escape the “horrible world of politics”.

“The way they handled the whole thing was shameful and wrong and unworthy of any government,” the BBC’s former prime minister, John Major, accused on Saturday. And it also had the added bonus of tarnishing the reputation of Parliament. They tried to avoid parliamentary control on several occasions, and their chairman, the House of Commons, frequently and correctly expressed his frustration. But on other occasions they behaved badly, insisting that this government was politically corrupt.

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The senior politician did not hide his hostility and contempt for Boris, but his own political history lends relevance to criticism. In the 1990s, after a scandal that revealed that conservatives charged up to 2,000 2,000 (approximately 3 2,335) per issue to protect personal interests, Major improved the independent ethical control of members of parliament.

Boris ended a week at the start of COP26 in Glasgow – in a bid to save the reputation of his own government – with a pledge to save the planet. There will be a three-hour debate in Westminster that will help keep public anger alive over the latest scandal.

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In addition, Downing Street’s refusal to declare the Prime Minister’s Holiday Week at the Luxury Villa in Marbella by his friend Jack Goldsmith in the Register of Parliamentary Interests will be significant; An investigation into the large sums Johnsons spent to redecorate their private residence on Downing Street is pending; Or the latest controversy published by the Sunday Times this Sunday: offering a place in the Knighthood and House of Lords for all millionaires who want to donate more than three and a half million euros to the Conservative Party.