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UK gov’t denies corruption accusations about Conservative Party donors

CM 07/11/2021


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s government rejected fresh accusations of corruption on Sunday after a newspaper investigation found major donors to his Conservative Party were offered seats in parliament’s upper chamber.
The government has been embroiled in a corruption row over the past week, with Johnson forced to abandon plans pushed through parliament to protect one of his lawmakers who was found to have broken lobbying rules.
The Sunday Times reported that all but one of the 16 Conservative treasurers over the last two decades had donated more than 3 million pounds ($4.05 million) to the party and then been offered a seat in the House of Lords.

The role of Conservative treasurer has become the most ennobled job in Britain, the newspaper said, ahead of leaders of the country’s institutions and charitable organizations and even former prime ministers.
“Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is corrupt, dodgy, sleazy and on the take,” opposition Labour Party deputy leader Angela Rayner said on Twitter.
Environment minister George Eustice rejected the accusations, telling the BBC: “They are philanthropists who give huge amounts to charity, who have been very successful in business and therefore on those grounds ought to be considered for the Lords.”

 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a debate on the situation in Afghanistan. (credit: UK PARLIAMENT/ROGER HARRIS/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a debate on the situation in Afghanistan. (credit: UK PARLIAMENT/ROGER HARRIS/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

Eustice also described the furor over Conservative lawmaker Owen Paterson, who quit parliament after the government’s U-turn on plans to overhaul the system for combating parliamentary corruption, as a “storm in a teacup.”
The row has raised fresh questions about Johnson’s ethics. He has faced other accusations of wrongdoing, including plans to have party donors secretly contribute to a luxury renovation of his Downing Street flat. Johnson has said the government followed the rules over the refurbishment.
Johnson’s personal approval rating has fallen to its lowest level on record, according to an Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper, while the Conservative’s lead over Labour has fallen to a single percentage point.
Parliament is due to hold an emergency debate on standards on Monday.
“The prime minister is trashing the reputation of our democracy and our country,” Labour leader Keir Starmer told BBC television on Sunday.
“It is a pattern of behavior from a prime minister who doesn’t know how to uphold standards in public life.”

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