Boris Johnson, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, announced his resignation from parliament on Friday.
The 58-year-old populist politician claimed that his political opponents conspired to remove him from office.
A cross-party committee is investigating whether Johnson repeatedly lied to parliament about Covid lockdown-breaking parties while he was in office.
In earlier testimony this year, he vehemently denied having done so.
Nonetheless, as the committee prepares to release its findings, he reported that they had contacted him, “making it clear that they intend to use the proceedings against me to force me out of the legislature.”
The Privileges Committee, which is dominated by members of his own Conservative party, has the authority to impose sanctions, including suspension, for misleading the legislature.
Typically, a suspension of more than 10 working days results in a by-election in the representative’s district.
By resigning, Johnson avoided a finding or having to fight to remain an MP in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency in northwest London, where he holds a 7,000-vote majority.
The committee, chaired by veteran opposition Labour MP Harriet Harman, was deemed a “kangaroo court” by him.
“It is very sad to be leaving Parliament – at least for the time being – but I am most perplexed and appalled that I can be forced out anti-democratically and with such blatant bias,” he said.
Recall that in September 2022, Boris Johnson resigned as prime minister and left office.
Johnson, who was fired from his first position at The Times for fabricating a quote, made his mark as the Brussels correspondent for the Daily Telegraph by propagating euromyths.
He served as an MP from 2001 to 2008, then resigned to serve two four-year terms as the mayor of London. In 2015, he was re-elected to the House of Representatives and went on to serve as foreign secretary under Theresa May.
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