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Johnson Warns MPs as Tory Corruption Furor Interrupts Climate Talks

  • U.K. premier says rule-breaking politicians should be punished
  • Tells reporters that U.K. is ‘not remotely a corrupt country’
Boris Johnson arrives at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, on Nov. 10. 

Boris Johnson arrives at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, on Nov. 10. 

Photographer: Robert Perry/EPA/Bloomberg

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Boris Johnson hit back at the mounting sleaze allegations engulfing his government, saying the U.K. is “not remotely a corrupt country” and warning rule-breaking members of Parliament they should be punished.

The crisis facing Britain’s prime minister is intensifying amid a slew of negative headlines and allegations against members of his ruling Conservative Party, which was unleashed by his ultimately failed attempt last week to rip up Parliament’s rules on standards rather than accept the suspension of a friend and former Tory minister found guilty of paid advocacy.