Boris Johnson says he accepts the United Kingdom House of Commons had been misled by his statements but maintains he did not deliberately lie to parliament.
No evidence I deliberately misled UK MPs: Johnson
Former United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson has told a parliamentary inquiry there is no evidence he intentionally misled lawmakers about illegal parties held at his office during COVID-19 lockdowns.
Parliament’s Committee of Privileges has been investigating statements Johnson, who was ousted from Downing Street last September, made to parliament in December 2021.
It is considering whether he intentionally set out to mislead MPs about illegal gatherings that took place in Downing Street offices and residence, some of which he attended himself, when he said no rules were broken and COVID-19 guidance had been followed.
In his 52-page evidence document submitted to the committee, Johnson said he accepted the House of Commons had been misled by his statements but rejected the accusation he had deliberately lied to parliament.