Boris Johnson May Get The Ax Over Partygate, Sacking Of Minister
All attention in Westminster turns to the publication of Sue Gray’s investigation into Downing Street drinks gatherings and alleged rule-breaking during COVID restrictions, Matt Mathers of The Independent reported.
Photo Insert: Muslim Tory MP Nusrat Ghani claims she was sacked from her job because her faith was making colleagues “feel uncomfortable.
The findings of the senior civil servant’s probe are expected to come out in the next few days and could well decide Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fate.
Already hanging onto No. 10 Downing St. by his fingertips, Johnson has been forced to launch an official inquiry after a Member of Parliament (MP) claimed she was sacked from a ministerial post because of her “Muslimness.”
Sajid Javid, the health secretary, joined his colleague Nadhim Zahwai (education) in calling for an investigation into the “very serious” allegations by Muslim Tory MP Nusrat Ghani, who claimed she was sacked from her job because her faith was making colleagues “feel uncomfortable.
The East Sussex MP made the allegations in an explosive interview on Sunday. She says a conversation between her and a party whip Mark Spencer took place during Johnson’s 2020 mini-reshuffle when she was axed from her transport minister job.
Ghani said she met with the PM after the alleged incident took place and accused him of failing to take the allegation “seriously.” No 10 confirmed the meeting took place, saying Ghani was encouraged to make a complaint but did “not subsequently do so.”
Ghani said Johnson wrote her a letter saying he could “not get involved” in the issue and referred her to the Conservative Party’s complaints process, in a revelation that is likely to raise more and serious questions about Johnson’s judgment as he fights for his political life this week over the partygate scandal.
Government is facing increasing pressure to publish the full contents of Gray’s long-awaited and delayed investigation into Downing Street drinks gatherings. In another story that is likely to raise fresh questions about the integrity of the investigation, three officials working in No. 10 claim they have held back information from Gray due to a “culture of fear” surrounding the probe.