Friday 5 November 2021 / 5:45 PM Angela Rayner

Labour demands sleaze inquiry into Prime Minister after his attempts to undermine Commissioner who is set to investigate him

Labour has today urged the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to open an investigation into the Prime Minister breaching parliamentary rules over the financing of the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat after the Prime Minister tried to over-ride, undermine and attack the Commissioner – the independent anti-corruption regulator who would lead the investigation into the Prime Minister – and instead install a “sham group of Conservative stooges who would do his bidding”.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, has written to the Parliamentary Commissioner and urged her to open an investigation into whether the Prime Minister breached parliamentary rules by failing to declare details of the financing of his Downing Street flat refurbishment.

Rayner has accused the Prime Minister of “attempting to make Conservative MPs judge and jury over allegations of corruption and rule-breaking” as a “blatant attempt” to prevent the Commissioner from investigating him. The Prime Minister has already been found by the Commissioner to have breached the rules twice before.

Rayner has also written to the Electoral Commission asking when the findings of the Commission’s investigation into whether any laws were broken and criminal offences committed will be published.

Angela Rayner MPLabour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said:

“This week the Prime Minister’s corruption was clear for all to see when he tried to over-ride the Commissioner who is set to investigate him for breaking the rules and replace an independent cross-party committee with a sham group of Conservative stooges who would do his bidding.

“Boris Johnson’s attempt to make Conservative MPs judge and jury over allegations of corruption and rule-breaking was a blatant attempt to prevent the Commissioner from investigating his latest breaches of the rules.

“The events of the past few days are an attack on our democracy and have undermined the integrity of public office and our public life. It is absolutely vital that the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is now able to conduct this investigation without any further attempts by the Prime Minister to block this investigation, over-ride or abolish the Commissioner or the Standards Committee and the bullying, threats and intimidation from Conservative Ministers must stop immediately.

“It can’t be one rule for Boris Johnson and another for the rest of us, and our corrupt and sleazy Prime Minister must be held to account just like anybody else would be if they broke the rules.”