Parliamentary committee orders Johnson to hand over ‘Partygate’ documents

Acting Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson – Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/dpa

The UK House of Commons Privileges Committee has asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hand over documents to MPs investigating the scandal of Downing Street parties held in the midst of the lockdown imposed during the country’s coronavirus pandemic.

Thus, MPs have asked the Government for evidence such as WhatsApp messages and photographs, among other issues, as they investigate the so-called ‘Partygate’, a matter that led to an internal motion by the ‘Tories’, although Johnson successfully came out of it.

Among the documents requested are Johnson’s diaries during the period of time in which the parties in question took place, according to information from the newspaper ‘The Guardian’.

The commission has thus given the government until August 15 to hand over the requested documents. Partygate is one of the scandals that led to Johnson’s resignation as leader of the Conservative Party, although the commission’s findings could cast a further shadow over his legacy.

The requested photographs are those taken by Johnson’s official photographer, Andrew Parsons, during the dates the parties were held.

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