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Privileges Committee publish Boris Johnson written evidence ahead of oral evidence session

The Committee of Privileges has today published written evidence submitted by Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, ahead of hearing his oral evidence on Wednesday.

The Committee initially received the written evidence from Mr Johnson on Monday afternoon at 2.32 pm in unredacted form.

The evidence submitted had a number of errors and typos, and, a final corrected version was not submitted to the Privileges Committee until 8.02 am this morning.

Redactions have been made in the published version to protect the identity of some witnesses, in consultation with Mr Johnson, particularly junior-ranking civil servants.

Mr Johnson’s written submission contains no new documentary evidence.

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The Committee has set out its own views of its processes in reports published in July and September 2022. The Committee will consider carefully the further arguments made by Mr Johnson and respond to them in its final report.

Throughout this inquiry, the Committee has received and followed the advice of its legal adviser, former Senior President of Tribunals and Lord Justice of Appeal Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder, as well as the impartial Clerks of the House. The Committee remains confident in the fairness of its processes and in its compliance at all times with the rules and practice of the House of Commons.

From the start of its inquiry the Committee has offered Mr Johnson the opportunity to provide written evidence. In its report published on 2 March 2023, the Committee set out a summary of principal issues to be raised with Mr Johnson in oral evidence, at his request, and at the same time disclosed to him all the evidence received by the Committee and the identities of all witnesses. Mr Johnson has now provided written evidence, which can be read here.

Ahead of the oral evidence session on Wednesday, the Committee will be publishing, again by agreement with Mr Johnson, a “core bundle” of documents to which the Committee and Mr Johnson may refer in the course of the questioning. These documents will be published on the Committee website at 9.00 am on Wednesday.

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