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Former UK PM Johnson denies he wanted to let COVID “rip”

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives evidence at the COVID-19 Inquiry, in London, Britain, on 7th December, 2023 in this screen grab obtained from a handout video

London, UKReuters Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Britain’s COVID inquiry on Thursday that any suggestion he wanted to allow the virus to “let rip” was “rubbish” and “completely wrong”. Johnson, Prime Minister between 2019 and 2022, faced a second day of questioning which examined the weeks before the country’s second national lockdown in November, […]

UK PM Sunak reportedly said “just let people die”, COVID inquiry hears

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak visits the pathology labs at Leeds General Infirmary, to show how yesterday's budget is supporting those affected by coronavirus, in Leeds, Britain on 12th March, 2020.

London, UKReuters Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was quoted as saying the government should “just let people die” during the COVID-19 pandemic rather than impose a second national lockdown, the inquiry into how Britain handled the crisis heard on Monday. Patrick Vallance, who was the government’s chief scientific adviser during COVID, made a note in his […]

“Terrible”: UK minister sorry for lockdown-breaking party video

Michael Gove, Britain’s Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, is seen during his speech at the 'Convention of the North' conference in Manchester, Britain, on 25th January, 2023.

London, UKReuters Senior British minister Michael Gove on Sunday described a video showing a party at the ruling Conservative Party’s headquarters during a lockdown in 2020 as “terrible”, as COVID rule-breaking gatherings continue to hang over the government.  The video was published by the Mirror newspaper just days after a parliamentary committee ruled that former […]

Boris Johnson deliberately misled parliament, says UK report dubbed “a charade” by ex-PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a news conference during a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, on 30th June, 2022.

London, UKReuters Boris Johnson deliberately misled the British parliament in an unprecedented way over rule-breaking parties at his office during COVID-19 lockdowns, a committee said on Thursday in a damning verdict that further tarnished the former Prime Minister. Almost a year ago, Johnson was talking about remaining prime minister into the 2030s. But the privileges […]

Decrying “witch hunt”, Boris Johnson resigns from UK parliament

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves his home, in London, Britain, on 21st March, 2023.

London, UKReuters Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson abruptly quit as a member of parliament on Friday in a furious protest against lawmakers investigating his behaviour, reopening deep divisions in the ruling Conservative Party ahead of a general election expected next year. Johnson had been under investigation by a parliamentary inquiry looking into whether he […]

UK report finds Britons’ lack of faith knowledge deeply disturbing

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London, UKRNS To outsiders watching the leader of Britain’s established church crown its new monarch, King Charles III, in a deeply religious ceremony, it might seem faith still looms large in the country. But a newly published report, commissioned four years ago by then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson, cites a profound need for improving Britons’ knowledge of […]

Boris Johnson says “I did not lie” over lockdown parties

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks at the parliament in London, Britain, on 22nd March, 2023.

London, UK Reuters A combative Boris Johnson fought for his political career on Wednesday, as the former British prime minister said “hand on heart” he did not lie to parliament over COVID-19 lockdown parties at a hearing with lawmakers. Parliament’s Committee of Privileges is investigating whether Johnson, who was ousted from Downing Street in September, […]