BORIS Johnson has resigned as an MP – triggering a by-election in his Uxbridge constituency.
The ex-PM stepped down following a probe by a committee into alleged lockdown rule breaching parties in Downing Street.
Boris Johnson has resigned as an MP – triggering a by-election in his Uxbridge constituency
But why has he resigned and what did Mr Johnson say?
Why has Boris Johnson resigned as MP?
The Privileges Committee launched an investigation into Mr Johnson following the Partygate scandal.
BoJo was handed the MP’s draft findings that accused him of lying to the Commons about lockdown breaking at No10 with a punishment worthy of a by-election.
In a 1,034-word resignation statement, Mr Johnson branded the Partygate probe a “kangaroo court” and a “Brexit witch hunt“.
And he went on to claim the committee was “determined to use the proceedings against me to drive me out of parliament”.
He added: “Most members of the Committee – especially the chair – had already expressed deeply prejudicial remarks about my guilt before they had even seen the evidence.”
The chair of the Privileges Committee is Labour’s Harriet Harman.
Boris also attacked the Tories direction of travel since his No10 defenestration last summer, saying: “We must not be afraid to be a properly Conservative government.”
He warned: “We need to deliver on the 2019 manifesto, which was endorsed by 14million people. We should remember that more than 17million voted for Brexit.”
But in a hint of a comeback one-day, he said he was departing front-line politics “at least for now.”
Sir Michael Fabricant, who received a knighthood in Boris Johnson’s long-awaited resignation honours list, said the former prime minister had been the subject of “disgraceful treatment” after he resigned as an MP.
He tweeted: “Disgraceful treatment of a political leader who has made world history.”
Where is Boris Johnson’s constituency?
Boris Johnson was an MP in the London seat of Uxbridge.
By standing down, he will trigger an immediate by-election in his London seat of Uxbridge.
Mr Johnson called his constituency “wonderful” and said he’s “very sorry” to go.
His statement read: “I am very sorry to leave my wonderful constituency. It has been a huge honour to serve them, both as Mayor and MP.
“But I am proud that after what is cumulatively a 15-year stint I have helped to deliver among other things a vast new railway in the Elizabeth Line and full funding for a wonderful new state of the art hospital for Hillingdon, where enabling works have already begun.”
What will Boris Johnson do now?
The ex-PM hinted at a comeback one-day, he said he was departing front-line politics “at least for now.”
He said: “It is very sad to be leaving parliament – at least for now – but above all I am bewildered and appalled that I can be forced out, anti-democratically, by a committee chaired and managed, by Harriet Harman, with such egregious bias.”