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Johnson to submit defence dossier to MPs investigating 'partygate'

Boris Johnson will submit a written dossier of evidence to MPs as he attempts to clear his name over allegations he misled the British parliament over the 'partygate' scandal.

The former prime minister will provide the statement to the Privileges Committee as he battles to save his political career.

Mr Johnson will appear before the panel on Wednesday in a televised session, and it is expected he will submit his written evidence before then.

In an interim report, the Privileges Committee said the evidence strongly suggested breaches of coronavirus rules in No 10 should had been "obvious" to Mr Johnson.

They are examining evidence around at least four occasions when he may have deliberately misled MPs with his assurances that rules were followed.

Allies of Mr Johnson said he would provide a "detailed and compelling" account to the committee before his appearance, showing that he "did not knowingly mislead" politicians.

The Sunday Times reported he will point to a series of previously undisclosed WhatsApp messages from senior civil servants and members of his No 10 team showing that he had relied upon their advice when he made his statements to the parliament.

He will also publish messages which show that other senior figures in Downing Street believed the gatherings were covered by the "workplace exemption" in the lockdown rules.

The committee's investigation is being chaired by Labour's Harriet Harman, although the seven-strong panel has a Tory majority.

The committee will publish its findings on whether Mr Johnson committed a contempt of parliament and would make a recommendation on any punishment, but the ultimate decision would fall to the full House of Commons.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he would not seek to

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