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Boris Johnson: ‘Blackmail’ threats made against Tory MPs, says William Wragg – What PM says about claims

MP William Wragg has alleged that MPs against the Prime Minister have been “threatened” in an attempt to keep him in office

A senior Tory MP has accused Tory characters of “threat” and “blackmail” Parliamentarian who criticizes? Prime Ministerlocations.

William Wragg, congressman for Hazel Grove and vice-chairman of the 1922 committee, issued the statement after he said he had received reports of such behaviour.

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He said “members of staff at 10 Downing Street, special advisors, government ministers and others ‘basically blackmailed those who were supposed to be against the Prime Minister by ‘encouraging the publication of stories in the press to embarrass’ the MPs mentioned.

What did William Wragg say about the accusations?

Mr Wragg, chair of the Commons Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs, made the statements during a hearing on Thursday (January 20).

Several MPs claimed they had been told their constituency funding would be withheld if they did not support Mr Johnson’s position, with Tory defector Christian Wakeford among those bringing up Mr. make accusations.

The now Labor MP for Bury South said: “I was threatened that I wouldn’t get a school for Radcliffe if I didn’t vote in a particular way. This is a town without a high school for the best period of time in 10 years.

“How would you feel about withholding re-creation of a town for a vote, it’s not comfortable. That really started to question my position and ultimately where I am now. “

During the committee hearing, Mr Wragg said: “In recent days, some members of Congress have faced pressure and threats from members of the Government because they have made statements or assumptions. wishes to have a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister’s leadership role. .

“Of course, it is the duty of the Office of Government to ensure the business of the Government in the House of Commons.

“However, they do not have the function of violating ministerial rule in threatening to withdraw investments in the constituencies of Members of Congress that are funded from public funds.

“Additionally, reports to me and others by 10 Downing Street staff, special advisers, Government ministers and others, encourage the publication of stories in the press to seek to embarrass those who they suspect lack confidence in the Prime Minister. unacceptable.

“The fact that a member of Congress is threatened is a serious matter. Furthermore, the reports that I am aware of appear to constitute extortion. “

He encouraged those bringing charges to bring them to the Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and the Metropolitan Police commissioner.

How has Boris Johnson reacted to the allegations?

So far, he has denied blackmail charges against his own MPs.

Speaking to reporters while visiting Taunton, he said: “I see no evidence to support those allegations.

“My focus is on what we are doing to address the number one priority of the British people, which is through Covid.”

When asked if he was looking for evidence of intimidation tactics, he replied: “Of course.”

A Number 10 spokesman echoed the Prime Minister’s comments, saying: “We are not aware of any evidence to support these clearly serious allegations.

“If there is any evidence to support these claims, we will consider it very carefully.”

What have others said about the allegations?

Strong supporters Boris Johnson made trashy claims that those who opposed him were being blackmailed.

Culture Minister Nadine Dorries dismissed the accusations as “nonsense”, adding: “That’s not how the government works. The whippings have no bearing on what happens in individual constituencies.

“It’s just attention-seeking behavior from William Wragg, the frequent critic of the Prime Minister, who has given us the largest majority since Margaret Thatcher.”

Tory MP Michael Fabricant also hit back at the allegations, saying: “If I made a statement I was threatened with caning every time or if I reported with a whip every time then the police wouldn’t have time to take any other action. police work. ”

However, Deputy Labor Leader Angela Rayner has called for an investigation into the claims.

“These are serious and shocking allegations of bullying, extortion and misuse of money by the public, and must be thoroughly investigated,” she said.

“The idea that areas of our country will be underfunded because their MPs cannot afford to support this failed Prime Minister is disgusting.”

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