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Graphic shows timeline of scandals to have blighted UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Timeline of Tory scandals under Boris Johnson

By Ninian Carter

July 7, 2022 - Throughout UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s three year premiership, he has stumbled from one scandal to another.

After facing a mass revolt by ministers over his, at times wanting, leadership, Boris Johnson has resigned as the leader of the Conservative Party. He wishes to stay on as UK prime minister, while a leadership contest is held to find his successor.

During his short three-year premiership, he stumbled from one scandal to another, oftentimes appearing to be economical with the truth.

Jul 24, 2019: Boris Johnson becomes prime minister.

Aug 28, 2019: Supreme Court rules Boris Johnson (BJ) unlawfully closed parliament for five weeks ahead of deadline for Britain leaving EU – possibly preventing parliament blocking no-deal Brexit.

May 25, 2020: Amid widespread fury, BJ stands by Dominic Cummings (his senior
adviser) who refuses to resign for breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules.

Nov 20: BJ ignores report that finds Home Secretary Priti Patel bullied her staff.

Jul 8, 2021: BJ reprimanded by Standards Committee for failing to disclose full facts about luxury holiday to Mustique, paid for by Tory donor.

Nov 3-4: MP Owen Paterson resigns over paid lobbying scandal, but not before BJ tries to overhaul standards system rather than suspend him

Jan 6, 2022: Revelation BJ sought funds to cover £112,000 refurbishment of Downing Street flat from Tory donor while promising to consider plans for “great exhibition”. Accusations of corruption follow.

Apr 12: BJ fined £50 for attending lockdown party, becoming first PM to have been found guilty of breaking law.

May 25: Sue Gray report catalogues drunken lockdown parties across Whitehall, while public observe strict Covid-19 restrictions.

Jun 6: BJ wins vote of no confidence by 211 to 148 votes – 41% are against him.

Jun 30: Conservative deputy chief whip, Chris Pincher, resigns after reports he drunkenly groped two men.

Jul 5: BJ claims he forgot about previous sexual misconduct allegations against Pincher when he appointed him. Senior Cabinet ministers Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid quit government, setting in motion wave of ministerial resignations.

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PUBLISHED: 07/07/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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