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Boris Johnson's Resignation Sparks Political Turmoil In The UK

Boris Johnson resigned from the UK Parliament following his criticism of Rishi Sunak, the country's current prime minister, and his use of the term "kangaroo court" to describe the panel of MPs investigating his behaviour.

Boris Johnson accuses the Privileges Committee of mounting a "political hit job" and accuses its chairwoman, Labour's Harriet Harman, of having "egregious bias." Sunak is to blame for the part he played in Boris Johnson's demise last year.

An inquiry for comment received no response from the committee. Johnson's knowledge of official violations of the Covid-19 regulation is the subject of an investigation by the panel into whether Johnson lied to legislators about it.

Johnson said in a statement released late on Friday that "the committee's report is riddled with inaccuracies and reeks of prejudice." This week, he was personally apprised of their as-yet-unreleased findings. He quoted, "I am now being forced out of parliament by a tiny handful of people."

The by-election will be held in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, a West London district where Boris Johnson had a 7,210-vote lead and which the former prime minister would have struggled to defend in the general election anticipated for next year.

The departure also reignites the conflict between the two men that has existed since Sunak quit as Chancellor of the Exchequer last year in opposition to Johnson's presidency. As a result of this, Johnson was compelled to step down as premier.

Johnson was blunt in his assessment of the electoral problems facing the Conservative Party, which has been lagging behind the main opposition Labour Party in national polling for months.

"We must not be afraid to be a properly Conservative government," Johnson emphasised. "When I left office last year the government was only a handful of points behind in the polls. That gap has now massively widened. Our party needs urgently to recapture its sense of momentum and its belief in what this country can do."

Due to Johnson's resignation, Sunak's party will now have to compete in special elections this summer, which might dash his plans to narrow the gap between his party and the opposition Labour Party in the polls before the general election that is scheduled for January 2025.

He resigned after a quick succession of developments on Friday that further threw the Tories into chaotic politics.

A crucial Johnson ally named Nadine Dorries also resigned from her Mid Bedfordshire seat when Johnson's departure honour list excluded her from a peerage. After Johnson named Bill Cash to the Order of the Companions of Honour, the seasoned Conservative lawmaker and outspoken opponent of the European Union stated he would resign at the next election.

A third by-election will be held after Johnson and Dorries because Nigel Adams, a member of the UK parliament, said on Saturday that he will resign with immediate effect.

In order to determine whether Johnson intentionally mislead lawmakers, the privileges panel looked at a series of meetings in Downing Street that became known as "Partygate" during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. 

Johnson constantly claimed that any rules had been broken during these events. After paying a fee for breaking the rules himself, he later offered an apology to the chamber. Sunak also received a fine.

In his remarks, he launched fierce criticisms at the opposition Labour Party as well as Sue Grey, the civil servant whose inquiry into Partygate also contributed significantly to his demise.

Johnson, a prominent figure in the successful "Leave" campaign, claimed that a witch hunt was currently underway "to exact revenge for Brexit and ultimately to reverse the outcome of the 2016 referendum."

Johnson stated that although his current political career is gone, he may try to run again in the future. "It is very sad to be leaving parliament - at least for now," he remarked.





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