MP seeks to take Boris Johnson to court with legislation to ban lies from politics


Boris Johnson is already facing an inquiry from the Commons Privileges Committee over claims he deliberately misled MPs about Partygate

Boris Johnson faces an inquiry into whether he misled Parliament about Partygate
Boris Johnson faces an inquiry into whether he misled Parliament about Partygate

One MP will launch a new attempt to bring ‘world’s greatest liar’ Boris Johnson to justice while trying to ban lies from politics.

Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts is introducing a bill to Parliament on Tuesday in the latest fight to hold the PM accountable.

The Tory leader is already facing an inquiry from the Commons Privileges Committee over claims he deliberately misled MPs about Partygate.

He has been repeatedly accused of lying throughout his 20-year career in politics, but attempts to oust him have so far failed.

Ms Saville Roberts told the Mirror: “Boris Johnson is a world-famous liar – we all know it, but our political system is incapable of holding him accountable for it.

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville-Roberts wants to change the law to stamp out lies in politics

“I will be bringing a bill before Parliament this week to punish politicians who intentionally lie to the public.”

She highlighted Partygate, which misled the Queen into adjourning Parliament in 2019 and what she called the “infamous lie that Brexit would result in an extra £350m a week for the NHS” as untruths from the Prime Minister.

“These examples are all undeniable lies that can be refuted and challenged,” she said.

“There are countless other examples – after all, he’s a man who lies so casually, who spreads lies so casually that it hardly goes unnoticed.

“Yet our political system allows Boris Johnson and others to misrepresent and misrepresent without consequences.”

She added: “The Prime Minister’s catalog of lies is so extensive that it’s hard to keep up.”

Ms Saville Roberts will use a device called the Ten Minute Rule to introduce her bill to elected officials (ban on deception).

Under their proposed legislation, MPs and Members of the Welsh Senedd, Stormont Assembly and Scottish Parliament, as well as Police and Crime Commissioners and elected mayors could be convicted of making “false or misleading statements”.

It would not cover local councils.

Labor MP Dawn Butler has been urged to leave the House of Commons for refusing to retract claims that Boris Johnson has “continued to lie to the House of Representatives and the country”.



In addition to statements in parliaments, it would include social media, television and radio broadcasts and election material.

Those convicted face a fine and a ban on voting for up to ten years.

It comes after Labor MP Dawn Butler was ousted from the Commons chamber last year for refusing to retract her claims that Boris Johnson was a liar.

A new Opinium poll for think-tank Compassion in Politics shows that 53% of voters were concerned about politicians’ dishonesty, with 63% calling for more honesty in politics.

Compassion in Politics co-director Jennifer Nadel said: “Honesty is at the heart of a decent society.

“We teach our children not to lie, we expect our family, friends and colleagues to tell the truth; Politics shouldn’t be any different – politicians need to set the standards, not ignore them.

“After months of duplicity and deception, we must act.

“We need to see Parliament take honesty seriously and take the necessary steps to ensure that this core value is upheld and practiced by our government and our representatives.

“In professions beyond politics, rules have been introduced that require honesty – now Parliament must do the same.”

Read Liz Saville Roberts’ exclusive contribution to the Mirror

When I ran for Parliament in 2015, I had no illusions – I knew there would be challenges for my party, resistance to our views and hostility to our success.

But I never expected that I would one day have to defend a principle that should be unquestionable – that politicians should be honest.

Each day now brings more deception from the highest levels of government.

Lies were told win elections, spread hate and pass exam.

Public confidence in democracy has waned; in relation to a survey According to think tank Compassion in Politics, honesty is the most important value that voters believe is missing from our politics.

That’s why this week I’m putting before Parliament a bill that would make it a criminal offense for politicians to willfully lie to the public.

Boris Johnson held talks with G7 heads of state and government at a summit in the Bavarian Alps



Introducing this bill would finally bring Parliament up to 21st century standards.

No company can sell a product by deception, doctors cannot lie to their patients with impunity, nor can teachers lie to their students.

Like them, politicians practice the art of persuasion.

But unlike them, we face no sanctions if we do this dishonestly.

Systems and rules are already in place to assess whether a company or individual has attempted to mislead – systems that we can replicate.

Honesty is not only the best policy, it is essential to policy making.

It is an honor to attend Parliament and take part in decisions that affect our country.

But our ability as MPs to do so is threatened by a disease of dishonesty.

To quote Jonathan Swift, “Lies fly and truth lags behind.”

We must give wings and strength to truth so that lies may be overcome and brought down before they do their ugly work.

A survey by Compassion in Politics found that 73% of people support my bill.

This includes 71% of Conservative voters and 79% of Labor supporters.

At a time when unity and unity are hard to come by, we must seize this opportunity to change politics to gain majority support.

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