The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle has announced that there will be a vote on whether to refer the Prime Minister to the standards committee over multiple claims that he allegedly lied to Parliament.
He told MPs, “It is not for me to police the ministerial code, I have no jurisdiction over the ministerial code even though a lot of people seem to think I have. It is not the case.
“Secondly, it is not for me to determine whether or not the Prime Minister has committed a contempt. My role is to decide whether there is an arguable case to be examined.
“Having considered the issue, having taken advice from the clerks of the House, I’ve decided that this is a matter that I should allow the precedence accorded to the issue of privilege.
“Therefore, (the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer) may table a motion for debate on Thursday.”
“Scheduling the debate for Thursday will, I hope, give members an opportunity to consider the motion and the response to it.
“The motion will appear on Thursday’s order paper to be taken after any urgent questions or statements. Hopefully there won’t be any.
“I hope this is helpful to the House.”
On Tuesday the Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry suggested there should be a Tory Party coup to remove the Prime Minister from his post.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 over the situation, she said, “Whatever means we take, the difficulty we will always have is that, since the 2019 election, the Conservatives have an 80-seat majority when there is a vote.
“Unless Conservative MPs can look at their consciences and vote the right way, we are not going to get the sort of result that we should get.”
Johnson is due to deliver a speech today oat 4:15 in the House of Commons to MPs after receiving a fine over the ongoing partygate scandal.