Partygate scandal shows Tories are 'careless' over standards, says sleaze watchdog

Tory peer Lord Evans, chairman of the standards committee said the stories on Tory sleaze, partygate and Greensill are cutting through to the public

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the public to provide an update on the Covid-19 booster programme, at Downing Street on December 12, 2021 in London, England. The Prime Minister announced that booster jabs will be offered to all adults by the end of the year in an attempt to quell a “tidal wave” of Omicron variant cases. (Photo by Kirsty O’Connor – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Sleaze watchdog Lord Evans has said Partygate, the handling of Boris Johnson’s No 11 flat redecoration shows the Government are “careless” over standards.

Lord Evans said the stories on lockdown breaching parties, first revealed by the Mirror, had “reached what they call cut through” with the public, as the scandals have caused public concern.

Giving evidence to the public administration and constitutional affairs committee (PACAC), Lord Evans said the public expects MPs to “live up to the standards they profess to live up to”.

Tory rebel William Wragg, chairman of the PACAC said Lord Evans was “quite correct”.

It comes as the Police have made contact with the Cabinet Office over claims the PM’s principal private secretary organised a bring your own booze” party during England’s first lockdown.

Tory MP William Wragg, chair of the public administration and constitutional affairs committee

Martin Reynolds sent an email to more than 100 Downing Street employees inviting them to “make the most of the lovely weather ” in the garden.

The leaked email, obtained by ITV news, said: “Hi all, after what has been an incredibly busy period we thought it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.

“Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

A Government minister will be summoned to the Commons to answer an urgent question from Labour on the row at 12.30pm.

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