Commenting on his decision to abstain in the vote last night on the Privileges Committee report on Boris Johnson held on the 19th June, Michael Fabricant says:
“Although I do not disagree with the overall findings of the Committee, I thought the punishment was both petulant and harsh. The Committee seemed to be as much concerned by the criticism of it than by the actions of Boris Johnson during Covid.
“As there was not an opportunity to cast separate votes on the findings – with which I would have voted to agree – and the “sentence” – with which I would have voted against, I along with half of all the MPs in the House of Commons, chose to abstain. I think in future votes on reports from the Privileges Committee, there should be two separate motions: one on the findings of the Committee and the other on the sanctions to be applied.”