The Deputy Prime Minister, 47, stated, under the ministerial code, in a situation when a minister lies to the Commons and refuses to rectify the untruth, it would “normally be a resigning matter”. However, Mr Raab refused to apply the rule to a “hypothetical” situation with Mr Johnson as new claims the Prime Minister lied have been revealed by former Chief Adviser Dominic Cummings.
Mr Cummings, 50, former Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister until November 2020, has accused Mr Johnson of lying after Downing Street denied the PM was warned against allowing a “bring your own booze” party during the first lockdown.
Mr Cummings, who will be interviewed by senior civil servant Sue Gray as part of her investigation, claimed he, as well as another senior official, warned Martin Reynolds, the PMs principal private secretary, the party invitation was against Covid rules.
The Deputy Prime Minister, who has been Member of Parliament for Esher and Walton since 2010, has denied Mr Cummings’ claims and dismissed them as “nonsense”.
Mr Raab spoke about the PM to Times Radio: “He’s made it very clear to the House of Commons that questions on this… that he thought it was a work event.
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A sixth Tory MP is calling for the Prime Minister to step down over the ever-growing list of alleged lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street.
The latest to add to the list is Tim Loughton, former children’s minister and East Worthing and Shoreham MP, who said Mr Johnson’s position had become “untenable” and his resignation would be “the only way to bring this whole unfortunate episode to an end”.
He said: “The reason for my conclusion in calling for him to stand down is the way that he has handled the mounting revelations in the last few weeks.
“Obfuscation, prevarication and evasion have been the order of the day when clarity, honesty and contrition was what was needed and what the British people deserve.”
Andrew Bridgen, William Wragg, Douglas Ross, Caroline Nokes and Sir Roger Gale are among the other Tory MPs who have publicly called on the PM to resign.