As Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits he was present at a lockdown garden party in May 2020, the Mirror looks back at the previous times he has been sacked for lying, as some MPs demand it should happen again
During the heated parliamentary session, the PM admitted he had been present at a drinks party on May 20, 2020, while the first coronavirus lockdown was still in place.
Mr Johnson said that he knew that the public was angry with him given the “extraordinary sacrifices” they had made.
He added: “I know the rage they feel with me, and with the government I lead, when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules were not being properly followed by the people who make the rules.”
But many in the house were unsatisfied by the PM’s apology, drawing attention to him having had 18 months to admit to public he had attended the party, and that it was only after repeated pressure he finally told the truth.
Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition, said: “The only question is: will the British public kick him out, will his party kick him out, or will he do the decent thing and resign?”
In honour of the latest admission of mistruth from the country’s leader, we look back at the previous roles he’s been sacked from for lying in as questions circle about whether current events should take the tally up to three.
Boris Johnson sacked for lying from the Times
In 1988, then-journalist Mr Johnson was working at the Times newspaper where he broke a front-page news story.
However, it was found that when writing the story in question he had made up quotes, fabricating the words of his godfather, the academic Colin Lucas.
He made up that Edward II would have skipped about in a newly discovered Rose Palace with his lover Piers Gaveston.
However, it was later found that the Palace was built a long time after Gaveston had been murdered.
Mr Johnson, who was 23 at the time, decided not to admit he had lied and instead wrote a second story claiming “the mystery had deepened”.
He has since branded the debacle “my biggest c*ck-up”.
In 2013 he said: “I mildly sandpapered something somebody said, and yes it’s very embarrassing and I’m very sorry about it.”
Boris Johnson sacked for lying about an affair
Sixteen years later Mr Johnson’s dishonourable discharge from the Times certainly hadn’t limited his career prospects, and he was elected to parliament as the MP for Henley in 2001.
But by 2004 he was sacked again for lying about an affair.
Aides to then-leader of the opposition Michael Howard decided Mr Johnson had lied about taking part in a four-year fling.
Our current PM had denied he had been involved with journalist Petronella Wyatt, saying: “I have not had an affair with Petronella. It is complete balderdash.”
However, Petronella ended up having an abortion while her mother even said that an affair had taken place.
In 2013 Johnson still refused to admit it, saying “I don’t propose to go into all that again.”
Ms Wyatt meanwhile has admitted the pair had a “tendresse”.
Then party leader Howard added: “My director of communications at the time was convinced Boris had lied to him.”