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Harriet Harman faces new call to quit as chair of Partygate probe


Harriet Harman faces new call to quit as chair of Partygate probe amid claims she has ‘already judged the matter’

  • Jacob Rees-Mog has called for the Labour chairman of Partygate to stand down
  • The Cabinet Minister claimed Harriet Harman does not have a ‘fair judgement’
  • Ms Harman replaced the previous chair, Chris Bryant, who stood down after saying he thought Boris Johnson had lied

The Labour chairman of the controversial inquiry into Boris Johnson and Partygate faced fresh calls to quit last night to save her own reputation.

Harriet Harman, head of the Commons’ Privileges Committee probe into whether the Prime Minister misled Parliament, should stand down, said Cabinet Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Mr Rees-Mogg said the former Labour deputy leader should quit as she had already made clear on Twitter that she thought the Prime Minister had lied. 

In an interview with GB News, Mr Rees-Mogg said Ms Harman was ‘admired across parties’ but added: ‘I do not believe you can have a fair judgement when the chairman of the committee has already judged the matter.’

Cabinet Minister Jacob Rees-Mog has called on Harriet Harman to stand down as chair of Partygate as she has 'already judged the matter'

Cabinet Minister Jacob Rees-Mog has called on Harriet Harman to stand down as chair of Partygate as she has ‘already judged the matter’

Mr Rees-Mog was speaking on GB News when he shared his views about why Ms Harman should step down

Mr Rees-Mog was speaking on GB News when he shared his views about why Ms Harman should step down

Ms Harman replaced the previous chairman, Labour’s Chris Bryant, who stood down after saying he thought Mr Johnson had lied.

The inquiry, which will begin taking evidence next month, could lead to the Prime Minister facing a ‘recall’ by-election if he is suspended from the Commons for ten days or more. 

But last night, it emerged that Laura Farris – one of four Tory MPs on the committee – resigned from the inquiry last month after saying she did not expect the probe to continue now that Mr Johnson was quitting as PM. 

Ms Harman was approached for comment.

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