Some of the many Boris Johnson scandals that rocked Britain

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a potentially unbearable scandal that threatens to bring down his government, but this is just the latest in his tumultuous time as leader of the country.

Johnson has never been immune to controversy or scandal, earning him a reputation as a Teflon politician who can overlook revelations that might otherwise end his career.

But the latest controversy may finally end this happy streak as massive resignations upset the Johnson government. Parliament has canceled committee meetings because the Conservative Party does not have enough ministers to attend after some time. 44 Conservative ministers and aides resign.

Here are the controversies that Johnson has endured, as well as one that could finally sink him.

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Partygate creates first dent in Teflon coating

The longest and most infamous dispute with which Johnson argued involved parties that happened on government grounds during the most stringent COVID-19 lockdown periods.

The rules of the time required that people could not socialize indoors except “with your family or support bubble”. Police issued a total of 126 fixed fine notices to 83 people in government for gatherings involving eight parties between May 2020 and April 2021.

An anti-Conservative Party protester holds a banner of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, including the words "Now Partygate" against the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament in London.  8, 2021.

An anti-Conservative Party protester holds a banner of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, including the words “Now Partygate” against the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, in London on December 19. 8, 2021.
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BUT report of a senior civil servant Sue Gray on this occasion stated that Johnson once provided wine and cheese to staff for a party in May 2020 at 10 Downing Street Gardens. At another party at the same location, the party-goers raged until late at night and ended around 4am.

There must have been another party around April 16, 2021, the night before Queen Elizabeth buried her husband, Prince Philip.

Party members drank wine, ordered four large pizzas and took turns descending a slide owned by Johnson’s son Wilf, according to eyewitness accounts and photographs published in The Daily Telegraph. Someone had spilled wine on the copier and nearly damaged the laptop that had been serving as the jukebox all evening.

Chris Pincher promotion despite allegations of sexual harassment

Johnson promoted MP Chris Pincher to Deputy Chief Whip, one of the people responsible for distributing votes along party lines for Conservative positions.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, 73, died in April 2021 at Windsor Castle.  He was 99.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, 73, died in April 2021 at Windsor Castle. He was 99.
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Pincher took over the role in February. On June 8 this year, and on June 30, he resigned after allegedly groping two men at the Carlton Club in Piccadilly. Another Whip received the complaint and passed it on to the Chief Whip, Reuters reported.

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Pincher resigned his role, but Johnson kept him in the party, insisting the matter was “closed”.

But more accusations have surfaced, including at least one on December 11th. 2021, an issue that was raised in the whip’s office at the time of Pinscher’s appointment. Johnson claimed that he was not aware of any allegations against Pincher during his promotion. But on July 4, the Prime Minister’s office admitted that Johnson knew about it, but “forgot.”

The revelation prompted an immediate reaction from his party and cabinet, many of whom said they had lost faith in their leader.

Sex scandal while working as Foreign Minister

johnson saw his share of sex scandals also including an incident in 2018 in which Lord Michael Ashcroft, formerly vice chairman of the Conservative Party, caught Johnson performing oral sex in his office.

Johnson was serving as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at the time, and he was involved with a mistress named Carrie Symonds, the woman he later married after divorcing his wife in 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London on May 18, 2022 in this photograph released by the UK Parliament.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons in London on May 18, 2022 in this photograph released by the UK Parliament.
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The matter was not reported in the newspapers until June 18 of this year, around the time of Pincher’s revelation of the incident. The Times of London published an article about the incident, but the article disappeared two days later, according to The New York Times.

Many people think that Downing Street moved to closing articlethat, instead of killing the case, only made it more interesting.

Instead, the British magazine Private Eye published the details on June 30, providing even more context for the case. A Private Eye report claimed that Symonds’ “people” had contacted the publisher of the Times, News UK and advised that the story should be dropped.

Owen Paterson case

Pincher isn’t the only person Johnson has had to defend in the face of huge criticism. In 2021, Johnson opposed the committee’s recommendations to suspend Conservative MP and former minister Owen Paterson for 30 days after he allegedly committed “an egregious case of paid advocacy.”

Paterson lobbied on behalf of several companies that paid him, including at least two £500,000 payments. According to The Guardian, he regularly “demanded access to ministers and regulators” on behalf of these companies.

Queen Elizabeth II arrived at St. Paul's Cathedral for a service in honor of her 80th birthday on June 15, 2006 in London.

Queen Elizabeth II arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service in honor of her 80th birthday on June 15, 2006 in London.
(Tim Graham Photo Library)

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The Conservative Party reacted to the report by instead suggesting that Parliament change its mechanism for investigating legislators, but headlines damage at the time forced Paterson to resign.

The government abandoned the proposed changes after Paterson’s resignation, and the party was unable to regain his electoral seat.

Johnson shuts down government – illegally

Johnson has supported Brexit from the start and has done everything he can to ensure its success, including a nasty episode in which he faced accusations of misleading the Queen.

He asked Queen Elizabeth II to let him close parliament for five weeks when the government was still arguing with the Brexit deal, unable to come to an agreement on what kind of deal to pursue as the time was approaching the deadline.

Instead of running into trouble, Johnson got the Queen’s approval for the government’s resignation, a move that the UK Supreme Court later declared illegal.

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The ruling prompted many to accuse Johnson of misleading the Queen in order to achieve the shutdown, for which he apologized as he “embarrassed” the Queen, potentially forcing her to break the law.