Johnson says voters will see him as ‘straightforward’ on ‘partygate’

A minister has claimed the chief minister is “confident” the public will see he has been “straightforward” on the “partygate” affair.

Northern Ireland minister Conor Burns, said Sky News: “The chief minister has been very clear that the House can look at this, the House will look at this and he is confident that when the complete context, one of the other things he said in the House on Tuesday is that he was frustrated that he couldn’t speak about the context of all of this, put the complete facts into the public domain while these various processes are current, particularly the Met.

“He remains confident that when people can see the complete context of what happened it will be clear that he was straight forward, he said to the House in good faith that he believed the rules were followed.” Burns suggested that the “partygate” issue could be the “most looked at event” since the Second World War. Last night MPs launched a third investigation relating to claims a number of lockdown-resisting gatherings occurred in Downing Street and Whitehall.

Burns explained: “We are going to have multiple opportunities for the chief minister’s information to be tested.

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“We have got the Met investigation current, we have committed that when that is finished Sue Gray will complete her report, update her report, the chief minister will come back to Parliament.

“And we have now got the Privileges investigation. This is going to be the most looked at event possibly since the Second World War.”

Burns said he believed Johnson has been “faithful and genuine and true” in his remarks to the House of Commons regarding the current “Partygate” claims.He argued: “that when the complete facts are seen, when the context comes out, that it will be clear that the chief minister at every time that he came to Parliament was faithful and genuine and true in what he believed.

“What I believe is that the chief minister told the House what he believed to be the truth in good faith at each stage and when there has been a development later to that, new information, he has corrected the record.”

He went on to say that the chief minister is “looking forward to this [the investigations] ending”.

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