Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire are calling for Boris Johnson to be stripped of the £115,000 annual allowance paid to former prime ministers.

The damning House of Commons Privileges Committee report, published today (June 15) has concluded that Mr Johnson deliberately misled Parliament with his partygate denials.

The cross-party committee's recommended suspension for acts, including deliberately misleading MPs, and would have paved the way for a by-election for the former prime minister if he had not resigned, presumably, in anticipation of the contents,

Charlotte Cane, Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for South East Cambridgeshire has called on Lucy Frazer MP for South East Cambridgeshire, and Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, to condemn Boris Johnson following publication of the report.  

She said: “It is the Conservative Party who put him in his position in the first place and they should acknowledge that this was a terrible mistake.

"Both Lucy Frazer and Steve Barclay supported him as ministers in his Government to the bitter end – even as others were resigning to force him to stand down.

"Johnson forced through a disastrous Brexit deal – with Steve Barclay as his Brexit minister – a deal even the Tories now want to renegotiate!

"He partied while people were dying of Covid, with their nearest and dearest unable to be with them and family and friends unable to attend their funerals; and while frontline staff were isolating themselves from their families and exposing themselves to risk to serve the public.

"He was known to have lied on many occasions before the Tories made him our Prime Minister and now he has been found to have lied to the House of Commons. 

"The Committee is right to call for him to be refused a parliamentary pass. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak should go further and remove the annual payment of £115,000 to Johnson as an ex-PM.

"Johnson disgraced that office; he should not be paid another penny in relation to his time in office.”

Mr Johnson has since hit out at what he called a “deranged conclusion”, accusing the Tory-majority group of MPs he has repeatedly sought to disparage of lying.

He called the committee, led by Labour veteran Harriet Harman, “beneath contempt” and claimed its 14-month investigation had delivered “what is intended to be the final knife-thrust in a protracted political assassination”.