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UK Ex-PM calls Government shameful over Paterson case handling

19:54, 06 November 2021
UK Ex-PM calls Government shameful over Paterson case handling Photo: Alberto Pezzali/Global Look Press

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom John Major criticized the UK government over its handling of the politician Owen Paterson’s case.

In his words current PM Boris Johnson has ruined the Parliament’s reputation as his government is “politically corrupt.”

The government led by Johnson has tried to stop the dismissal of Paterson who has violated lobbying rules.

However the decision to protect him was revised after the government’s decision faced strong backlash from the opposition. 

“I have been a Conservative all my life. And if I am concerned at how the government is behaving, I suspect lots of other people are as well. It seems to me, as a lifelong Conservative, that much of what they are doing is un-Conservative in its behaviour," Major said in a statement.

"This government has done a number of things that have concerned me deeply: they have broken the law, the prorogation of Parliament. They have broken treaties, I have in mind the Northern Ireland Protocol. They have broken their word on many occasions," he added.