Boris Johnson has to face questions from MPs about parliamentary standards while the quarrel over sleaze continues.
The Prime Minister will appear before the Liaison Committee, made up of the chairmen of all Commons’ selected committees, from 1 p.m. 15 today.
He will address issues of government standards, violence against women and girls, the COP26 summit and the budget and expenditure review.
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The main focus is expected to be on standards following a series of scandals over the past few weeks, including Conservative MPs who have been whipped into reviewing the standard system and rejecting a recommendation that Tory MP Owen Paterson be suspended for violating lobbying rules.
Johnson will also face questions from senior Conservative MP Caroline Nokes, who told Sky News on Monday to the prime minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, touched her inappropriately at a party conference in 2003.
The Prime Minister last appeared before the Liaison Committee, the only select committee that can address the Prime Minister, in July.
By that appearance, he managed to dodge several questions, including whether he had fired former Health Secretary Matt Hancock after he was caught violating the lockdown rules while having an affair with an aide.
Senior Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the committee, said the prime minister’s appearance before the committee three times a year “is becoming an increasingly significant event”.
He told Sky News: “This is the one time where a cross-party group of MPs can question the Prime Minister in detail and on a party-political basis.
“The feedback shows that the public is very committed to this kind of scrutiny, especially when it is forward-looking and constructive.”
He added that his role is to ensure that the Prime Minister answers the questions, saying: “If these are fair questions, I will press him to answer them.”
This is expected to be discussed in committee:
Decency and ethics in government
This section is expected to be the main focus, with Labor MP Chris Bryant, chair of the Standards Committee, set to quiz Mr Johnson.
He is joined by Conservative MP William Wragg, chairman of the Public Administration and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, who was one of 13 Tory rebels who voted in favor of Mr Paterson’s suspension and against reforming the standard rules.
This will be the first time MPs can ask the Prime Minister about his proposal prohibit MPs from having other jobs as political consultants or lobbyists, which he announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Prime Minister should expect some direct questions from Mr Bryant, who has been sharp about the government’s handling of the Paterson case and attempts to change the standard rules.
His committee found that Mr Paterson had violated a number of lobbying rules, in what Mr Bryant called “a very fair hearing” and recommended that he be suspended for 30 days.
Paterson resigned as MP for North Shropshire after the U-turn to delay his suspension.
Sir. Bryant told Sky News that furore over standards had done “terrible, terrible damage to reputation” to parliament, saying there had been attempts to “lobby” and “bully” standard committee members over its decision on Mr Paterson.
And after Tory MP Christopher Chope was the only person to object to withdrawing the proposal to revise the standards on Monday, Mr Bryant warned that the Commons would “fall into further disrepute” if the proposal was not made “so soon. as possible”.
Sir. Wragg, part of the 2019 admission of MPs, said he did not obey the three-line whip for voting against suspending Mr Paterson as a matter of conscience.
He said that mixing Mr Paterson’s case with a reform of standards was “moving the goalposts”.
Violence against women and girls
This is the first opportunity the Liaison Committee has had to question the Prime Minister about what the government is doing to tackle violence against women and girls, since a series of murders of women that have shocked the public.
Sarah Everard was raped and killed by a serving police officer in March, Sabina Messa was killed when she went to the pub in September, and a teenager was jailed for life in October for murdering sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman.
Their killings have forced politicians to talk about women’s safety and police behavior, and the liaison committee must push for real change.
Conservative MP Caroline Nokes, chair of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality, is one of four MPs who will question the Prime Minister on violence against women and girls.
Downing Street has refused to address her allegation that his father touched her inappropriately, but will not be able to avoid her in the committee room.
Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs Committee, will also have to question the Prime Minister, and this will be the first chance since her committee launched an inquiry into violence against women and girls.
As part of this investigation, the committee is examining how rape victims are treated by the police and the courts, so the prime minister is expected to have answers.
Less than a week after the Glasgow climate conference ended, Mr Johnson will be asked about the final agreement, which did not commit to limiting global warming to 1.5 C.
The Prime Minister will certainly be asked why the original target was not agreed after COP26 President Alok Sharma was reduced to tears when India and China intervened at the last minute, weakening efforts to stop the use of coal power .
Budget and Expenditure Review
Less than a month since Rishi Sunak unveiled his latest budget, the Prime Minister will meet five MPs on the economy, including Jeremy Hunt and Tobias Ellwood, who often stand up in the Commons to question the Prime Minister.
Some of the budget items that Mr Johnson may be questioned about include the Universal Credit cut of 8% and the increase in National Living Wage by 6.6% to £ 9.50 an hour after more than 18 months of heavy public spending on due to COVID.
The axis of the Leeds leg on the HS2 could also raise the head.