Boris Johnson had his parliamentary pass revoked by the U.K. Parliament in an overwhelming vote late Monday night as punishment for the “partygate” scandal, delivering an embarrassing blow to the former prime minister’s political career and the governing Conservative Party, which is down in the polls.
Monday evening, the Parliament voted 354-7 after five hours of debate to accept a report finding Johnson lied to the body about partygate and revoke Johnson’s parliamentary pass, which allows current and former MPs to access parliamentary buildings.
Last week, the U.K. Privileges Committee released a scathing report that concluded that while he was still prime minister, Johnson lied to Parliament about a series of parties he attended in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic that violated the country’s virus mitigation laws.
Ahead of the release of that report, which recommended revoking his parliamentary pass and a 90-day suspension from Parliament, Johnson resigned as an MP on June 9, avoiding being forced out of his seat.
Many members of the Conservative Party declined to attend the debate and vote, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has taken on the country’s top job–after a brief stint with Liz Truss as Prime Minister–since Johnson resigned amid growing pressure in July 2022.