It has been made public today, July 21, 2021, that five Conservative Party’s Members of Parliament breached the code of conduct over an attempt to influence legal proceedings, a standards committee has found.
The Conservative Party is led by no other than Mr Johnson, who himself has been accused of unethical behaviour, cronyism, and alleged mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused thousands of Britons to lose their lives.
According to the BBC, Theresa A. Villiers, Natalie C. Elphicke, Sir Roger J. Gale, Adam J.H. Holloway and Robert A. Stewart wrote letters regarding ex-Conservative Party MP Charles B. A. Elphicke, who was convicted of sex offences.
The letters on Commons notepaper were addressed to senior judges.
Their behaviour was found to have "caused significant damage to the reputation and integrity" of the House of Commons.
Three of the MPs could be suspended from Parliament for one day.
Ms Villiers, Mrs Elphicke and Sir Roger face suspension, while Mr Holloway and Col Stewart have been told to apologise by the Commons Standards Committee, according to the BBC.
All five wrote to senior members of the judiciary raising concerns that a more junior judge was considering publishing character references provided for Mr Elphicke.
Mr Elphicke was jailed for two years in September 2020 after being convicted of three counts of assault against two women.
The committee said the MPs' letters amounted to "an attempt improperly to influence judicial proceedings".
It said that "such egregious behaviour is corrosive to the rule of law and, if allowed to continue unchecked, could undermine public trust in the independence of judges."
The committee said of the three MPs recommended for suspension, two had "substantial legal experience" while the third, Sir Roger, is both the longest standing of the group and "still does not accept his mistake".
Labour's shadow leader of the Commons, Thangam Debbonaire, said the incident showed the Conservatives "think it is one rule for them and another for everyone else".
She said: "This behaviour is corrosive and does nothing but undermine trust in Parliament and it must not be allowed to continue."
The revelations come as Virgin Islands legislators have been vilified on social media after the CoI exposed and emphasised that local legislators past and present have been in breach of the Register of Interests Act.
Many, suspicious of the CoI, see this as an attempt to portray to the unsuspecting public that the VI’s politicians are corrupt to achieve a particular agenda.
Political pundits have argued that non-compliance to the Register of Interests Act does not mean that there is or has been corruption among present and past legislators.
The integrity of the CoI has also been called into question, including by Complaints Commissioner and attorney Erica R. Smith-Penn, who accused the CoI Commissioner of ‘impropriety’.