“I think it is very important that we get this right,” Johnson said. “We are going to make every effort to get it right. We are going to hold MPs to account. MPs should not break the rules.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to talk about climate change. But his opponents want to focus on corruption, reports the Associated Press.
As a United Nations climate summit aimed at staving off catastrophic global warming enters its final week in Glasgow, Scotland, host Johnson is facing a barrage of criticism in London over his attempts to change the system that oversees lawmakers’ standards.
On Monday, the House of Commons will hold an emergency debate on political ethics after the government tried to block the suspension of a Conservative lawmaker found guilty of breaching lobbying rules. Opposition parties say the episode has revealed a Conservative government that plays fast and loose with the rules, and they want a public inquiry into corruption allegations.
Opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said Johnson should apologize to the nation and “clean out the filthy Augean stable he has created.”
The prime minister won’t be in the House of Commons for Monday’s debate, however. He was visiting a hospital 250 miles (400 kilometers) away in northern England on what his office said was a long-planned trip.
Johnson insisted his government took setting ethics standards for members of Parliament seriously.
“I think it is very important that we get this right,” he said. “We are going to make every effort to get it right. We are going to hold MPs to account. MPs should not break the rules.”
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