"The PM has always been clear that he’s happy to face whatever inquiries Parliament sees fit and is happy for the House to decide how it wishes to proceed today and therefore will not be whipping Conservative MP’s."

Downing Street Spokesperson

April 20, 2022

Facts

Boris Johnson had fought almost up to the last minute to block a parliamentary investigation into whether Johnson’s denials of lockdown rule-breaking “appear to amount to misleading the House.” He was forced into a change of mind after a rebellion in Tory ranks. 

Verdict

It was a strict, three line whip until shortly before the debate started. The Downing Street spokesperson’s account of the event was nonsense and they would have known their remark was a lie.

We approached Downing Street to give them a chance to comment, but received no response.

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