Chris Pincher was investigated over a complaint about his conduct when he was a foreign office minister but it did not lead to any formal sanction, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has said. Mr Raab, who was Foreign Secretary at the time, said the Cabinet Office ethics and propriety team and the then chief whip Mark Spencer were informed in October 2019. However, he said that he did not believe there was any reason why Boris Johnson would have been told.
Asked what Mr Johnson knew, Mr Raab told Kay Burley “I’ve talked him through in recent days what happened in 2019.
“My sense is but I can’t speak for what the Prime Minister knew but my sense is he would have been aware when the wire was tripped into formal disciplinary action.
“But Westminster is awash with gossip and rumour and I think it is right to draw that distinction.”
The presenter interjected: “Talking about it in 2019 when you had to talk to him.
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“Did you subsequently tell the Prime Minister about it?”
Mr Raab continued: “No. I wouldn’t expect to in relation to something that fell below the bar of disciplinary action.
“What I did do was inform the chief whip because I do think it’s important that we keep a proper record and I referred it to the Cabinet Office propriety and ethics team because I wanted the assurance.”
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