A powerful Commons committee pushed for questioning Boris Johnson about Lebedev’s peerage

Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner has called on public administration and constitutional affairs to investigate Boris Johnson, who presented media mogul Evgeny Lebedev with a peerage


A powerful committee of MPs has been called to investigate how Boris Johnson presented Russian media mogul Evgeny Lebedev with a peerage.

It follows claims Mr Johnson has challenged warnings from security services to give Mr Lebedev – the son of former KGB agent Alexander – a peerage.

Mr Johnson himself has insisted it is “simply wrong” that he personally or directly asked for the advice to be reversed.

But Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner has written to Tory MP William Wragg, chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, urging him to use the body to investigate the circumstances of the peerage.

And she urged him to invite Mr Johnson himself to testify before the committee.

Mr Johnson has denied intervening to dismiss warnings against Mr Lebedev’s peerage


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She wrote: “Given that Mr Lebedev is still a sitting Member of the House of Lords and the broader issues surrounding future appointments remain a cause for concern, it is in the interests of the British public to ensure that these allegations are thorough.” can be examined.”

Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former top adviser, used a blog post last week to claim he was in the room when Cabinet officials briefed Mr Johnson on the concerns.

“I supported those concerns and specifically told the Prime Minister in his study not to go ahead,” he wrote.

“He was very angry and like he does when he’s angry, he started blustering nonsense.

“‘That’s just… You’re just… [pause] ANTI-RUSSIAN!'”

Mr Cummings claimed two others who were in the room would support his version of events in court.

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