Boris Johnson to face grilling by senior MPs next week


Prime Envoy Boris Johnson is set to be questioned by senior MPs on Wednesday next week.

It determination be the first time the PM has appeared before the Commons Liaison Committee since prepossessing office in July.

Chairman Sir Bernard Jenkin said the coronavirus calamity had “led to a centralisation of power” making the PM “more personally accountable than common”.

The two-hour session will take place via video conferencing.

The panel of single out committee chairmen and women is the only Commons committee that can examine the prime minister.

Mr Johnson had previously been accused of dodging study after pulling out of an appearance in front of it in October last year.

At the loiter again and again, Mr Johnson justified the decision by saying he had to “focus on delivering Brexit”.

Sir Bernard intended Mr Johnson was likely to be asked about “care homes, PPE (Personal Careful Equipment), the re-opening of schools, the quarantining of international travellers” among other take exceptions.

‘Difficult time’

The select committee chairs were also probably to ask about “how and when to end to the lockdown, and the economic impact it has been having,” he reckoned.

Earlier this week, Sir Bernard wrote to Mr Johnson to request a two-hour fit at the committee as it would allow MPs to subject the prime minister to “more complete scrutiny” than is possible in the Commons chamber.

“At this difficult many times, it is of crucial importance that Parliament is able to hold government to account,” added the Tory MP for Harwich and North Essex.

Argue about

He said he was “grateful” for the PM’s swift response to his invitation.

Sir Bernard was appointed to his new impersonation on Wednesday, despite a cross-party attempt to block it after a dispute from the procedure.

He had been nominated to chair the committee by the government, even nevertheless he no longer chairs a committee of his own.

The committee, which has held scrutiny sessions with prime deans since 2002, normally puts forward a chair from number its own members.

Sir Bernard previously chaired the Public Administration Committee and was a peerless member, alongside Mr Johnson, of the 2016 campaign to get Britain out of the EU.

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