Senior Tory to Meet Police Over Alleged Blackmailing of Dissenting MPs by No 10

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A elder UK Conservative MP who accused ministers of intimidating dissenting MPs to unafraid enactment for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he’s owed to talk to the police.

William Wragg, vice-chairman of the 1922 committee—a committee of each backbench Conservative MPs—said connected Friday that helium volition be meeting a detective from the Metropolitan Police successful the House of Commons “early adjacent week.”

Wragg alleged connected Thursday that a fig of Conservative MPs who wanted Johnson to resign arsenic premier curate were facing “intimidation” and “blackmail” from ministers—an allegation echoed by Chris Bryant, a labour MP sitting connected the seat of the Commons Standards Committee—who alleged connected Friday that “about a dozen” Conservatives MPs precocious told him they had either been threatened by authorities whips, and successful immoderate cases “the premier curate himself,” with having backing chopped from their constituencies oregon promised backing if they voted “the close way.”

But respective elder Conservative MPs said specified allegations bash not correspond the experiences they had arsenic they had ne'er been blackmailed oregon heard of different MPs subjected to blackmailing, with 1 MP dismissing the accusation arsenic implicit nonsense.

It’s different large escalation of the alleged “Partygate” matter that led to a fig of Conservative MPs calling for the premier curate to resign.

Johnson was accused of knowingly attending a lockdown-breaching plot enactment successful No 10 earlier the premier curate admitted to being contiguous for 25 minutes to “thank groups of staff” and said helium believed it was a enactment event. The debacle has prompted tremendous governmental backlash against Johnson—who’s urged to resign by absorption Parties arsenic good arsenic immoderate of his ain backbenchers.

Six Tory MPs person publically declared nary assurance successful Johnson earlier an probe into a bid of partying allegations, conducted by civilian servant Sue Gray, is expected to reason adjacent week.

If the 1922 Committee seat receives no assurance votes from 54 MPs, a enactment predetermination would beryllium trigged.

Responding to the blackmailing allegations, a spokesperson for Johnson said No 10 “would look astatine it precise carefully” if presented with evidence, but he declined to accidental whether determination was immoderate probe taking spot oregon if immoderate grounds was being sought out.

Epoch Times Photo Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions successful the House of Commons, London, connected Jan. 19, 2022. (House of Commons/PA)

Speaking to The Telegraph connected Friday, Wragg said No 10’s connection to analyse was “kind” but he’d alternatively permission the investigations “to the experts.”

Bryant told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme connected Saturday that helium had spoken to “about a dozen” Conservatives successful caller days who had either been threatened by authorities whips with having backing chopped from their constituencies oregon promised backing if they voted “the close way.”

“I person adjacent heard MPs alleging that the Prime Minister himself has been doing this,” the Standards Committee seat alleged.

“What I person said to each of those radical is that I deliberation that is misconduct successful nationalist office. The radical who should beryllium dealing with specified allegations are the police.

Bryant said the alleged behaviour is illegal, adding: “We are meant to run arsenic MPs without fearfulness oregon favour. The allocation of payer backing to constituencies should beryllium according to need, not according to the request to support the premier curate successful his job.”

Former Tory MP Jerry Hayes besides voiced enactment for Wragg, saying he’s not “a snowflake” oregon “someone who tin easy beryllium bullied.”

But Conservative MPs Tom Tugendhat, Bob Seely, and Adam Holloway person said they had ne'er heard of immoderate blackmailing of MPs.

Tugendhat, seat of the Commoner Foreign Affairs Committee, said helium was ne'er blackmailed adjacent though helium had “not ever been the government’s biggest supporter” and had voted against the government.

Tugendhat said helium had ever had a “very adjacent … and so a precise productive narration with whips,” and that he’s “waiting to perceive much astir this.”

Seely told Times Radio that helium didn’t callback “ever being threatened by them once” erstwhile helium voted against the government.”

The Defence Committee seat said helium believes Wragg “has to bash what helium wants,” but called for caution truthful things don’t get blown “out of proportion.”

Asked if helium thinks it is close that the claims are investigated, helium said: “Well, I bash deliberation we request immoderate calm heads and what is occasionally said successful the vigor of the infinitesimal does not needfully mean you person to get the constabulary involved.”

“I would caution a small spot of calmness from each sides successful this, I truly would,” helium said.

Another Conservative MP Adam Holloway besides said helium had “never known thing like” what the allegations described successful 16 years, and said that’s “what happens successful American politics,” adding, “It conscionable doesn’t look to enactment that way” successful the UK.

When asked whether Johnson’s presumption arsenic premier curate is tenable amid contention astir Downing Street parties, helium added: “I don’t judge successful proceedings by television.

“Let’s perceive what the civilian servant Sue Gray has to say. I deliberation she’s reporting connected Wednesday,” Holloway told PA quality agency.

The Met told The Epoch Times it’s not capable to sermon immoderate aboriginal meetings, but “as with immoderate specified allegations, should a transgression offence beryllium reported to the Met, it would beryllium considered.”

No 10 didn’t respond to The Epoch Times’ petition for comment.

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Zhou

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Lily Zhou is simply a freelance writer mostly covering UK quality for The Epoch Times.