Tory MP Laura Farris quits Partygate inquiry but keeps reason a secret to avoid risk of prejudice

Tory MP Laura Farris quits Partygate inquiry but keeps reason a secret to avoid risk of prejudicing the probe

  • Laura Farris was one of four Conservative MPs investigating Partygate
  • She stepped down a day after Parliament went into recess, it emerged yesterday
  • Mrs Farris has criticised Boris Johnson’s lockdown breaches in the past
  • A senior Tory MP has said the those on the committee are feeling the pressure 

One of the four Conservative MPs on the committee investigating Boris Johnson over Partygate has informally quit the process.

Laura Farris, who last night was still listed on the House of Commons website as part of the inquiry, stepped down a day after Parliament went into recess, it emerged yesterday.

She announced that she had quit the seven-strong cross-party committee investigating whether Mr Johnson misled Parliament – but declined to reveal her reasons.

Last night she said: ‘Since Parliament was heading into recess the formal ratification won’t follow until the House returns but my resignation has been accepted by the Chair and my involvement is at an end.’

Laura Farris, one of the four Conservative MPs on the committee investigating Boris Johnson over Partygate, has informally quit the process

Laura Farris, one of the four Conservative MPs on the committee investigating Boris Johnson over Partygate, has informally quit the process

She said she would not comment further as it may prejudice the inquiry.

Mrs Farris, a supporter of Rishi Sunak who has criticised Mr Johnson’s alleged lockdown breaches in the past, also said yesterday that she ‘maintains confidence in the Committee, its members and the mandate given to it by the House of Commons’.

A senior Tory MP has said that the Tory MPs on the committee – who are now Alberto Costa, Sir Bernard Jenkin and Andy Carter – were all feeling the pressure.

The source suggested that some may stand down to make way for more experienced politicians who would be seen as more impartial.

Another House of Commons source said: ‘Laura Farris MP remains a member of the Committee until the House formally discharges her and appoints a new member.

‘Members’ names continue to appear on the committee website until the House formally discharges them.’

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