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Johnson Knew of Misconduct Reports But Promoted MP to Key Role

  • PM’s spokesman says there was no formal complaint at the time
  • Downing Street position shifts after weekend of allegations
Chris Pincher

Chris Pincher

Photographer: Richard Townshend

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Boris Johnson was aware of media reports and speculation about alleged misconduct by Conservative MP Chris Pincher, but promoted him to a senior government role because there was no formal complaint against him at the time, the prime minister’s spokesman said.