UK: Boris Johnson steps down as MP over 'Partygate' scandal

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused opponents of driving him out of Parliament following an inquiry over whether he misled Parliament over social gatherings at 10 Downing Street during the pandemic.
Ednews informs via DW that former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was standing down as a member of Parliament on Friday after receiving the Partygate report.
Johnson accused opponents of trying to drive him out of the Parliament in a statement.
The former British premier said he "received a letter from the Privileges Committee make it clear — much to my amazement — that they are determind to use the proceedings against me to drive me out of Parliament."
"It is very sad to be leaving Parliament — at least for now — but above all I am bewildered and appalled that I can be forced out," Johnson added.
He defended himself before the Parliament's Privileges Committee earlier this March against the charge that he misled Parliament when he denied having led social gatherings at 10 Downing Street, in violation of COVID-19 lockdown rules.
Johnson's resignation will trigger a special election to replace him as a lawmaker for a suburban London seat.