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Boris accused of ‘acting like a mafia boss’ and top Tory MP want police to investigate MPs being ‘blackmailed’

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
20th Jan 22 2:26 pm

Top Tory MP William Wragg, chair of the Commons Public Administration Committee has today accused the government of “blackmail” as rebel MPs had faced intimidation over no vote of confidence letters.

It has been further claimed that No10 staff, special advisers and government whips also encouraged embarrassing stories to be given to journalists of those MPs that did not support Boris Johnson.

These shocking claims has sparked wide outrage across many MPs in the UK and Johnson was accused of “acting like a mafia boss.”

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey accused Johnson of “acting like a mafia boss.

“It is simply remarkable that a Prime Minister could countenance scrapping local projects and funding if MPs refuse to back him.

“All Boris Johnson cares about is saving his own skin. He’s acting more like a mafia boss than a Prime Minister.

“These latest allegations of criminal behaviour are yet more proof that a civil servant investigation into Partygate is utterly inadequate.

“The Metropolitan Police must investigate.

“Number 10 is now in full scorched earth mode.

“Every minute the Tories allow him to stay in power damages our country.”

The Prime Minister’s job and possibly his political career is hanging in the balance following many claims of parties in Downing Street and breaching the very rules he set for Brits.

In a statement to Parliament, Wragg said that Tory rebels had been threatened MPs with losing taxpayers money for their constituencies.

Wragg said, “In recent days, a number of members of Parliament have faced pressures and intimidation from members of the government because of their declared or assumed desire for a vote of confidence in the party leadership of the Prime Minister.”

He said the whips are the ones who are responsible for pushing forward government business, but Wragg warned, “It is not their function to breach the ministerial code in threatening to withdraw investments from members of parliament’s constituencies which are funded from the public purse.”

Wragg added, “Intimidation of a member of Parliament is a serious matter.

“Moreover, the reports of which I am aware would seem to constitute blackmail.

“As such it would be my general advice to colleagues to report these matters to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.”

The House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle warned this would be a “contempt” to obstruct MPs from doing their jobs by trying to “intimidate” them.

The much respected Speaker expressed his concern over the “serious allegations” made by the top Tory MP.

Sir Lindsay told MPs, “Those who work for them are not above the criminal law.

“The investigation of allegedly criminal conduct is a matter for the police and decisions about prosecution are for the CPS.

“It will be wrong of me to interfere with such matters.

“While the whipping system is long-established, it is of course a contempt to obstruct members in the discharge of their duty or to attempt to intimidate a member in their parliamentary conduct by threats.”

Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said: “These are grave and shocking accusations of bullying, blackmail, and misuse of public money and must be investigated thoroughly.

“The idea that areas of our country will be starved of funding because their MPs don’t fall into line to prop up this failing Prime Minister is disgusting.

“On the day Labour is setting out plans to deal with the cost of living crisis affecting the whole country, the Tory party continues to descend further into chaos of its own making. The country deserves better than this out of touch, out of control, out of ideas government.”

A No 10 spokesperson said, “We are not aware of any evidence to support what are clearly serious allegations.

“If there is any evidence to support these claims we would look at it very carefully.”

The Prime Minister said on a visit to Taunton, “I’ve seen no evidence to support any of those allegations.

“What I am focused on is what we’re doing to deal with the number one priority of the British people, which is coming through Covid.”

The spokesman was asked if Johnson was behaving like a “mafia boss,” he said, “Well, er, obviously we’ve been clear again that there is no evidence to support the claims put forward.

“This is a matter for the whips’ office and not one for me to comment on.”

Johnson’s spokesman added, “We’d expect everyone to act within any requisite rules and guidance.”

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