It has been confirmed Boris Johnson has reached the 100 nominations by Conservative MPs needed to enter the race to become the next Prime Minister.

The only other MP who has so far reached the threshold is Rishi Sunak. Penny Mordaunt is still the only candidate to say she is actually running and has according to sources received the backing of 25 Conservative MPs.

The Prime Minister hopefuls have until 2pm on Monday to find 100 backers. If any candidate reaches 156 nominations out of the 357 Conservative MPs the race will be reduced to two candidates, as there will not be enough MPs left to support a third candidate.

It will then go to an online ballot of the Conservative party membership, with the result to be announced on Friday.

But if the party’s MPs get behind just one candidate, we could have a new prime minister by Monday afternoon. Polling suggests Boris Johnson would be favourite to win a members’ vote. The Conservative Post have received nearly 40,000 messages of support for Mr Johnson in one week from party members and supporters across the country.

Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg, his former Home Secretary Priti Patel and Transport Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan have all publicly declared they will be backing Boris. However, it is now up to him whether he wants to stand.

Boris Johnson still has a Parliamentary investigation hanging over him over whether he lied to MPs about Covid lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street. However, top barristers have now come out in Mr Johnson’s favour saying this is nothing but a “kangaroo court” and the former PM can not possibly have misled Parliament.

As according to section 73 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, Covid regulations never applied to Crown Land (which includes No. 10).

In the eighties lawmakers decided that it would be better to allow the government to function during any future national pandemic without having to worry about being caught up in quarantine regulations.

Steven Barrett a leading barrister at Radcliffe Chambers who read law at Oxford and taught law at Cambridge says:

“The thinking was that by making the government effectively exempt in law, the government could continue to function.”

Barrister Barrett adds in addition to the 1984 Act, there were also specific regulations that applied at the time of the alleged ‘partygate’: the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020.

The barrister says according to these rules, gatherings were allowed in all public buildings, or parts of them ‘operated by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body.’

Questions have also been raised why a KC named Daniel Stilitz was the independent legal advisor to Sue Gray on the legalities of ‘partygate’ and failed to bring this important law into light.

Previously Mr Stilitz had shared comments on social media platform Twitter accusing the Conservative party of “serving up bile,” the Prime Minister of “fake news” and urging people to sign up to the Labour Party.

The KC had even retweeted a comment calling Boris Johnson “our reckless dangerous PM.” 

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said:

“Stilitz was clearly a totally inappropriate appointment and it risks what should have been the ‘independent and impartial’ Sue Gray report being considered tainted before its release to the public.”

Mr Stilitz’s tweets, which he has now deleted, even criticised the Prime Minister for choices he made in lockdown even when they were lawful.

In Barrister Barrett’s article: ‘No, Boris Johnson didn’t mislead parliament‘ he also explains the 1688 Bill of Rights which says ‘Freedom of Speech and Debates or Proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any Court’.

Barrister Barrett says: “Normally I would stay silent. But we are facing a very interesting constitutional crisis. Because whether someone lies is really a legal question. It has a test as law. A lie is defined in the dictionary as a factual statement that is untrue and made with intent to deceive. In the leading case of R v Lucas [1981] Q.B. 720 the courts found a lie must be ‘deliberate’.

“The PM could not possibly have lied by telling the house that he believed the Covid laws were followed – not unless he deliberately knew the law was against him.

“There is no way he fulfils the legal test – because no one knows today if the law is actually against him.” Read full article here.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Well done Boris not surprised though get back here you were voted for by the British people and you have a mandate to carry us through difficult times

  2. What great news Hoping for 156 MP’s to get behind Boris It is so good also that this legal business has all been detailed in this post Boris is not guilty

  3. great news Boris has got the backing of 100 MPs so far I’m sure he will be the members favourite candidate.It seems there is some justice after all He will certainly have to watch his back the back stabbers will be sharpening their knives.and the Labour MPs will be having nightmares.l would imagine the his majesty will be pleased too…….

  4. Boris is who I voted for – and if Boris isn’t elected as Prime Minister – I who have always voted Conservative will no longer vote for the conservatives.

  5. Well done Boris and good luck. Your members and a large part of the country are behind you. You are the only one who can deliver! You have a proven record.

  6. I for one will never vote for the conservatives again if Boris is not re-elected mainly because of the undemocratic way he was ousted. However if there are hard financial messages to ‘sell’ to the general public over this winter or indeed the next couple of years, can you imagine how that is going to look coming from his rival Rishi Sunak, an ex-banker/billionaire who couldn’t possibly empathise with the general public on this issue. A future electoral disaster just waiting to happen!!!

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