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What to know about the report on Boris Johnson's most damaging scandal yet

By Leo Sands

15 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. A parliamentary report found that former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson misled lawmakers about lockdown gatherings at Downing Street on at least five occasions.

LONDON - Three and a half years ago, Boris Johnson led Britain's Conservative Party into its most triumphant election landslide since Margaret Thatcher. On Thursday, top British lawmakers called for the former prime minister to be stripped of his right to a visitor's pass to Parliament's grounds, capping off the one of the most dramatic character arcs in recent political memory.

Johnson resigned last week as a member of Parliament after receiving draft excerpts from a long-awaited parliamentary report into whether he had misled fellow lawmakers over breaches to covid rules that he himself announced. The report, released Thursday, found that he had - multiple times. It also found Johnson was "deliberately disengenous" and in "contempt" of Parliament. Johnson accused the committee of political bias, insisting he could not have misled anyone because he believed he was following the rules all along.

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