UK government denies corruption allegations against Conservative Party donors

The government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday rejected new allegations of corruption after a journalistic investigation found that major donors to his Conservative Party were offered seats in the upper house of parliament.

The government has been embroiled in a corruption dispute over the past week, and Johnson was forced to abandon plans approved by parliament to protect one of its lawmakers who was found to have broken lobbying rules.

The Sunday Times reported that all but one of the 16 Conservative treasurers from the past two decades had donated more than 3 million pounds ($ 4.05 million) to the party and were then offered a seat in the House of Lords.

The role of Conservative treasurer has become the most ennobled job in Britain, the newspaper said, ahead of the leaders of the country’s institutions and charities and even former prime ministers.

“Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is corrupt, dubious, sordid and at stake,” opposition Labor Party vice leader Angela Rayner said on Twitter.

Environment Minister George Eustice rejected the allegations, telling the BBC: “They are philanthropists who give large amounts to charity, who have been very successful in business and therefore for those reasons should be considered for the Lords. “

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a debate on the situation in Afghanistan. (credit: PARLIAMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM / ROGER HARRIS / BROCHURE VIA REUTERS)

Eustice also described the furor over Conservative lawmaker Owen Paterson, who resigned from parliament after the government’s reversal of plans to reform the system to combat parliamentary corruption, as a “storm in a cup of tea.”

The dispute has raised new questions about Johnson’s ethics. He has faced other allegations of wrongdoing, including plans for party donors to secretly contribute to a luxury renovation of his Downing Street flat. Johnson has said the government followed the rules on the remodel.

Johnson’s personal approval rating has fallen to its lowest level on record, according to an Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper, while the Conservatives’ lead over Labor has fallen to a single percentage point.

Parliament will hold an emergency debate on rules on Monday.

“The prime minister is destroying the reputation of our democracy and our country,” Labor leader Keir Starmer told BBC television on Sunday.

“It is a pattern of behavior of a prime minister who does not know how to maintain the standards in public life.”

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