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Downing Street now admits Boris Johnson was aware of Pincher's inappropriate behaviour

DOWNING STREET now admits that Boris Johnson was “aware of media reports” of inappropriate behaviour by disgraced MP Chris Pincher.

After sending ministers out over the weekend to tell news outlets that he was unaware of “specific” allegations against Mr Pincher, No 10 yesterday admitted that the prime minister was aware of “some allegations” over the MP’s behaviour.

The prime minister's official spokesman said Mr Johnson was “aware of media reports of some allegations that were either resolved or did not progress to a formal complaint,” so sought advice from his propriety and ethics team before the appointment.

Mr Pincher quit his role last week after he was accused of drunkenly groping two men at a private members’ club in London last Wednesday.

Former chief of staff Dominic Cummings said Mr Johnson had previously referred to the MP as “Pincher by name, pincher by nature,” indicating prior knowledge of his behaviour.

Labour Party chair Anneliese Dodds has written to Mr Johnson demanding to know what the PM knew saying the PM is “clearly happy to sweep sexual misconduct under the carpet in order to save his own skin.”

Mr Pincher is now under investigation by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievances Scheme.

 

 

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