Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns as an MP in the wake of the Partygate investigation.

“It is with great sadness that I am leaving Parliament – at least for now,” Johnson said in a statement.

“It forces me to dismiss a small group of people, without any evidence to support their claims and without the approval of even members of the Conservative party, let alone the wider electorate,” he summed up.

Earlier today the list of people who Johnson, as a former prime minister, proposed to be given honours, titles of nobility or seats in the House of Lords was made public. This list is drawn up by former prime ministers and reviewed by a government committee and Downing Street.

The list includes his Brexit campaign allies, former government colleagues, a hairdresser, but not his father, Stanley Johnson. The Times newspaper reported in March that Boris Johnson would ask for a knighthood for his father, but his name is not on the list. But there are the names of former Home Secretary Priti Patel (she takes the title “Dame”) and Eurosceptic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (she becomes “Sir”).

Also on the list of advisers, speechwriters and personal assistants recommended is the name of Kelly Dodge, a hairdresser in Parliament.

The House of Lords, whose members are not elected but appointed, is joined by Sean Bailey, a former London mayoral candidate who was accused of breaking the rules during the pandemic.

By contrast, despite speculation, Nadine Dorries, Johnson’s former culture secretary, and Alok Sharma, the president of COP26, the United Nations climate change summit, in 2021 are not being rewarded.

If they were appointed to the House of Lords they would have to resign as MPs and elections would be called in their constituencies. Dorries, however, said she was resigning with immediate effect, putting Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a difficult position at a time when the Conservatives’ poll numbers are very low after 13 years in power.

Johnson’s list sparked backlash in both major parties. Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner called the list a “sickening insult”.

A Tory MP, who asked not to be named, said the list was “deeply embarrassing” and showed Johnson was unrepentant.

The Partygate scandal caused an uproar both in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

It concerned parties and other gatherings of government and Conservative Party staff held during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, when public health restrictions banned gatherings, which contributed to Boris Johnson’s fall as Prime Minister.

Specifically, while in the country one lockdown succeeded the other, multiple gatherings took place in Downing Street 10, in its garden and in other government buildings.

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