Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“Of course our party follows all laws”

PM Rishi Sunak, House of Commons

Facts

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons that “our party follows all laws.”

On 16 March 2017 the Conservative Party was fined £70,000 after an Electoral Commission investigation into the party’s campaign spending. The investigation concluded that there were significant failures by the Party to report accurately on how much it spent on campaigning at three by-elections in 2014 and at the 2015 UK Parliamentary general election.

On 9 December 2021 the Electoral Commission concluded the Conservative Party had not properly declared a donation made in connection with the refurbishment of the Downing Street flat. The Electoral Commission stated: “Our investigation looked at whether any transactions relating to works at 11 Downing Street fell within the party finance regime regulated by the Commission and whether any such transactions were recorded and reported as required.”

Sunak received a fixed penalty notice from the Metropolitan Police after attending a gathering on 19 June 2020, which was found to have breached COVID restrictions. 

Sunak was fined again in 2023 for not wearing a seatbelt in a moving car, and was issued a fixed penalty by Lancashire Police.

Verdict

The Conservative Party has a record of breaching electoral law. 

Its leader, Rishi Sunak, has been fined twice in the last few years for not following the law.

He was misleading the House of Commons, and is thus in breach of his own Ministerial Code: “it is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. Ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the Prime Minister.”

We emailed Rishi Sunak’s office and Downing Street offering them the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. 

Published 28 Jun 2024
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