No 10 under scrutiny after extraordinary letter from former top civil servant

Downing Street has been forced to deny misleading journalists about Boris Johnson’s knowledge of the allegations surrounding Chris Pincher after the former Foreign Office permanent secretary Simon McDonald published an extraordinary letter alleging No 10’s version of events was untrue.

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Responding to an urgent question from the deputy Labour leader, Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis conceded the prime minister had been informed about an internal investigation that upheld a complaint about Pincher’s behaviour in 2019.

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