Boris Johnson government rocked by new sex scandal

Already weakened by scandals, Boris Johnson faces a fresh headache in the UK on Friday: the resignation of a member of his government following allegations of touching, the latest in a string of sexual affairs at his side.

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It’s been a tough comeback for the conservative prime minister, barely back from a week abroad for three international summits, giving him a pause and an opportunity to dismiss questions about his political struggles as trivial while presenting himself as a champion of supporting Ukraine against the Ukraine performed Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Social conflicts increase due to rising prices and after the “Partygate” he has to run a new business in his majority.

In a letter of resignation Thursday, Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher, in charge of parliamentary discipline for Tory MPs, admitted to “drinking far too much” and apologized for “putting shame on[himself]and others.” to have covered.




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According to several British media outlets, the 52-year-old elected official touched two men – including an MP, according to Sky News – in front of witnesses at a private London club, the Carlton Club, on Wednesday night, prompting complaints from the party.

The recent spate of sexual affairs within the ruling party for 12 years is becoming embarrassing. An unnamed lawmaker suspected of rape was arrested and later released on bail in mid-May, another resigned in April for viewing pornography on his cell phone in the House of Representatives in April, and a former lawmaker was sacked in May Sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

The departure of the latter two had brought partial general elections and heavy defeats for the Conservatives, followed by the departure of party leader Oliver Dowden.

“The prime minister has accepted the resignation and believes it is right,” his spokesman said. “He obviously finds such behavior unacceptable and encourages those who wish to complain to do so.”

Amid calls for tougher action, Boris Johnson has reached an agreement with the Conservative Party’s chief disciplinary officer to expel Chris Pincher from the party “while the investigation continues,” a spokeswoman for the party responsible said.

“It is out of the question for the Conservatives to ignore a possible sexual assault,” tweeted Angela Rayner, No. 2 of the Labor Party, the main opposition party, earlier in the day.

She had complained about a “total deterioration in the standards of public life” under the prime minister.

The latter has been significantly weakened by the scandal of parties being organized in Downing Street despite the anti-Covid restrictions during the pandemic. The case earned him a vote of no confidence in his own camp, which he narrowly survived less than a month ago.

Speaking on Sky News, Welsh Minister Simon Hart said it could be “counterproductive” to speed up an inquiry but chief “whipstick” Chris Heaton-Harris would have “talks” during the day on Friday to determine “the appropriate course of action”.

“It’s not the first time, I’m afraid it won’t be the last. It happens at work from time to time,” he added.

Mr Pincher, who was appointed in February, had previously resigned as “junior whip” in 2017 amid allegations of making sexual advances to an Olympic athlete and potential Conservative candidate in the election.

He was acquitted after an internal investigation. Reinstated by former Prime Minister Theresa May, he rejoined the State Department as Foreign Secretary when Mr Johnson came to power in July 2019.

London Police say they have had no reports of attacks at the Carlton Club.

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