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# Boris Johnson

Last week
3rd December 2023 - 9th December 2023
Boris Johnson admits ‘underestimating’ threat of Covid in early days of pandemic
Four people were removed from the Covid-19 inquiry as Boris Johnson began his evidence with an apology to victims of the pandemic.
Last month
November 2023
Dominic Cummings ‘malign actor’ who created culture of fear, Matt Hancock tells UK Covid inquiry
The former British health secretary Matt Hancock painted Boris Johnson’s ex-chief adviser as a ‘malign actor’ who undermined the UK’s pandemic response.
Boris Johnson wanted to be injected with Covid live on TV to show ‘it didn’t pose a threat’
The then-prime minister later said he would rather “let the bodies pile high” than impose a second lockdown, a top aide told the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
Boris Johnson asked top scientists if a 'special hair dryer' could kill Covid-19
Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s former chief adviser, made a series of claims in his witness statement handed to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
This year
Boris Johnson suggested Covid was nature dealing with elderly, UK inquiry hears
The former Prime Minister is accused of failing to deal with the crisis and downplaying the pandemic.
Boris Johnson suggested 'Covid was nature’s way of dealing with old people', UK inquiry hears
Former UK chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance hit out in his diaries about ‘quite a bonkers set of exchanges’ featuring the ex-prime minister.
Boris Johnson joining GB News as presenter and commentator to offer ‘unvarnished’ views
The former British prime minister is the latest Conservative politician to find a place at the broadcaster.
Tech experts recover messages from Boris Johnson's old phone wanted by Covid inquiry
The former UK prime minister had reportedly forgotten the passcode to the device.
Boris Johnson ‘can’t remember passcode’ to old phone wanted by Covid inquiry for WhatsApps
Messages from Johnson’s old device relating to the early pandemic response have still not been handed to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
Peter Flanagan: Brexit has failed, Boris has bolted and Sunak has been left with the mess
From London, Flanagan says Sunak’s government seems void of any real vision for the UK, while it’s still dealing with Johnson’s Brexit.
MPs approve report that found Boris Johnson lied to the UK Parliament over partygate
The report was approved by MPs by 354 votes to seven.
Boris Johnson accused of ‘clear breach’ of rules by taking up Daily Mail columnist job
The right-leaning newspaper said it is ‘delighted’ to welcome ‘one of the wittiest and most original writers in the business’.
Boris Johnson 'deliberately misled' MPs on whether No. 10 broke Covid-19 rules, committee finds
The Privileges Committee found: “His own knowledge was such that he deliberately misled the House and this committee.”
Boris Johnson urges Privileges Committee to publish ‘nonsense’ report on Partygate
The panel earlier said the former prime minister had made last-minute representations ahead of the release of its report.
UK's pandemic inquiry begins today and is set to run until 2026
The UK suffered one of the worst Covid-19 death tolls in Europe.
Boris Johnson accuses Rishi Sunak of ‘talking rubbish’ in row over UK honours list
The British Prime Minister had accused his predecessor of asking him to overrule a vetting panel over his House of Lords nominations.
Third by-election on the way for Tories as second Boris Johnson ally quits
Nigel Adams’ resignation follows Boris Johnson’s dramatic decision to stand down from the Commons in a row over MPs’ partygate probe.
UK papers give mixed response to Boris Johnson’s resignation as MP
While some bemoan the former prime minister’s resignation, others welcome his departure.
Former British prime minister Boris Johnson resigns as an MP with immediate effect
Johnson accused a House of Commons investigation into whether he misled Parliament over partygate of attempting to “drive me out”.
Boris Johnson awards close allies and aides linked to partygate in resignation honours list
Jacob Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel were given a knighthood and a damehood.
UK Cabinet Office given until Friday to clarify stance on Boris Johnson's WhatsApp messages
The chairwoman of the Covid inquiry challenged the British government on why it wanted to block material Johnson was happy to submit to the probe.
Boris Johnson ‘more than happy’ to hand material to UK Covid inquiry amid legal battle
Johnson was forced to change his mobile in 2021 after it emerged his number had been publicly available online for 15 years.
Boris Johnson hands WhatsApps and notebooks to UK Cabinet Office amid Covid inquiry row
Downing Street has already been forced to deny allegations of a “cover-up” amid criticism over the public row with the inquiry.
Latest claims of Covid breaches 'load of absolute nonsense', Boris Johnson says
It was alleged that the former British prime minister’s friends visited Chequers despite restrictions.
Boris Johnson reported to police over new ‘potential lockdown breaches’
The Metropolitan Police said it was ‘currently assessing’ details it had received relating to incidents between June 2020 and May 2021.
UK police urged to probe video of Boris Johnson allegedly not wearing seatbelt
The former prime minister filmed a campaign message ahead of the local elections in what appears to be a moving vehicle.
BBC chairman steps down after not disclosing role in Boris Johnson loan guarantee
Richard Sharp helped facilitate an £800,000 loan guarantee for then UK prime minister Boris Johnson before being recommended for the chairman role.
'In peril' and 'agile as a cat' – UK papers react to Boris Johnson committee hearing
The former British prime minister is fighting for his political future.
Johnson rejects criticism as 'complete nonsense' at committee over Partygate
‘If anyone thinks I was partying during lockdown, they are completely wrong,’ said Johnson.
'Stormont brake' emphatically passed by House of Commons but DUP confirms no return to power-sharing
The two former prime ministers will form part of an expected backbench rebellion against the agreement negotiated with Brussels.
Poll: Do you think Boris Johnson will ever lead the Conservatives again?
He has said he will vote against Rishi Sunak’s deal on post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.
Partygate: Johnson admits to misleading House of Commons 'in good faith'
The former Tory Prime Minister will appear before a cross-party panel tomorrow.
Boris Johnson's defence against partygate contempt investigation to be released today
His allies have said the legal submission would set out his case that he did not knowingly mislead the parliament about breaking Covid-19 rules.
Boris Johnson to face questions next week on whether he lied to MPs over partygate
The former UK prime minister has denied lying to the Commons and says he expects to be cleared by the Privileges Committee.
BBC's Fiona Bruce steps back from domestic violence charity after Stanley Johnson remark
It follows claims she trivialised domestic violence during a discussion about Boris Johnson’s father Stanley on a BBC politics show.
Boris Johnson reportedly nominates his father for a knighthood
Labour Leader Keir Starmer has called the move “absolutely outrageous”.
Northern Ireland Secretary insists Johnson did not knowingly mislead Parliament on partygate
Chris Heaton-Harris has offered a staunch defence of the former British prime minister.
Boris Johnson says he wishes he had cut corporation tax to 'outbid the Irish' when he was PM
Johnson also challenged Rishi Sunak to cut corporation tax to ‘Irish levels or lower’.
Sunak under fire for involving King Charles in Protocol negotiations
A planned meeting between the monarch and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen is no longer expected to go ahead.
Tony Blair calls for fighter jets to be sent to Ukraine, but UK only willing to supply jets to allies
Defence secretary Ben Wallace said backfilling allies with the UK’s jets to free up their own would be a quicker way to bolster Kyiv’s defences.