What did Boris Johnson know about allegations against his former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher before he gave him the job in February?

On Friday, Number 10 said the Prime Minister wasn’t aware of any allegations against Chris Pincher when he decided to appoint him as Deputy Chief Whip.

Then yesterday, Downing Street said Boris Johnson was aware of “some” allegations that did not turn into a “formal complaint.”

Lord Simon McDonald and Boris Johnson in 2016
Boris Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is welcomed by Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, 13 July 2016. (Photo: Foreign Office)

That Boris Johnson tells lies does not come as a surprise. The British Prime Minister believes that there is no scandal too big he cannot survive by relaying on falsehood.

Lord Simon McDonald said today that the Prime Minister is not telling the truth and was briefed in person about the investigation against Chris Pincher and its outcome at the time.

“I think they need to come clean. I think that the language is ambiguous, it is the sort of telling the truth and crossing your fingers at the same time and hoping people are not too forensic in their subsequent questioning, and I think that is not working,” said the former permanent secretary at the Foreign Office.

In a letter to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, Lord Simon McDonald said that Johnson’s narrative about not knowing the extent of the allegations against Chris Pincher was “not true.”

Lord Simon McDonald said that a formal complaint against Pincher, similar to the allegations made on June 29, 2022 of inappropriate touching of men in Carlton Club, was filed in summer 2019. As a result, Pincher was not cleared from the allegations and had to apologize for his conduct and promise not to do it again. He did.

“I know that the senior official briefed the Prime Minister in person because that official told me so at the time,” Lord McDonald blew a hole in Boris Johnson’s lies.

Johnson’s loyalist Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary at the time, said that Lord McDonald’s revelations were news to him.

Thérèse Coffey, Work and Pensions Secretary, went on BBC on July 3, 2020, and said she was assured the prime minister had never received a specific allegation about Chris Pincher’s misbehavior. She misinformed the British public.

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Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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