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Johnson Knew of Pincher Investigation, Says Ex-Foreign Office Chief

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Christopher Pincher

Christopher Pincher

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A Tory sleaze saga damaging Boris Johnson rumbled into a sixth day, with fresh evidence that the British premier was aware of complaints against Conservative MP Christopher Pincher before he appointed him to the government.

Johnson was “briefed in person” about an investigation into Pincher in 2019 and the complaint against Pincher was upheld, according to a letter posted online by Simon McDonald, who was the chief civil servant at the Foreign Office between 2015 and 2020, where Pincher was a minister.