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01st Feb 2022

Speaker rebukes Boris Johnson for parroting far-right conspiracy theory

Ava Evans

‘Such allegations should not be made lightly’

Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle has said he’s “far from happy” with comments made by Boris Johnson in the commons on Monday afternoon.

Following a statement on the Sue Gray report, the prime minister accused Sir Keir Starmer of “failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile” while he serving as Director of Public Prosecutions of the CPS.

Hoyle said “such allegations should not be made lightly”, asking for “more compassionate, reasonable politics” adding “this sort of comment can only enflame opinions.”

Johnson has been widely criticised for the comment, including by his own MPs.

Tory MP and former chief-whip Julian Smith described it as a “smear” that “cannot be defended” and should be withdrawn.

Speaking on Sky News on Tuesday morning, Starmer described the claim as a “ridiculous slur peddled by right-wing trolls.”

He also claimed he could see “disgust” in the faces of the Tory MPs when Johnson “debased himself” by bringing up Savile.

Starmer led the CPS when it did not charge Savile but there is no evidence that he ever handled the case directly.

Given he had no direct involvement, he could not hinder the investigation.

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