Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatened on Wednesday with a parliamentary barbecue allegations of blatant leadership within his Conservative Party at the COP26 climate summit.
Heads of parliamentary cross-party committees will interview Johnson at 3 p.m.
This session – Johnson’s sixth since he became prime minister in mid-2019 – coincides with a boiling crisis linked to the behavior of MPs, primarily because of his own ruling Conservative Party, potential conflicts of interest and lucrative second jobs.
On the eve of his appearance, Johnson tried to get into front-line football by writing to the Speaker of Parliament saying he supported proposals to prevent British legislators from acting as paid political consultants and advisers.
“It is absolutely essential that we blur the reputation of the House of Commons by ensuring that the rules applicable to MPs are up-to-date, effective and appropriately strict,” he wrote.
The transfer came as the largest opposition Labor party prepared to hold a vote on Wednesday to prevent MPs from doing so, as well as hired leaders, which, according to its leader, Keir Starmer, forced into Johnson’s hand.
British legislators are allowed to work in external positions for as long as they declare them, but they are not allowed to use their parliamentary office or resources for such work.
Paid lobbying is also banned, and parliamentary guards are investigating allegations of abuse.
The current scandal escalated this month as Johnson tried – but failed – to check how the watchdog system works after MP Owen Paterson got rid of the lobbying of two corporate ministers.
It soon became apparent that many other MPs had high-paying second jobs, most notably lawyer and former Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.
He has been charged with using his parliamentary office for legal work, which has brought him more than £ 6 million ($ 8 million, € 7 million) since he became a Member of Parliament in 2005, in addition to his annual salary, which is currently around £ 1. 82,000.
Paterson has resigned from parliament, while Cox denies breaking the rules.
Saga support for both Johnson and the Tories has declined in recent polls.
Wednesday’s question session will also ask Johnson about hosting Britain in Glasgow to host the COP26 climate summit, which ended last weekend with nearly 200 countries signing an agreement to try to stop global warming.
However, two weeks of painful talks – and two personal visits by the British leader – failed to secure what scientists say is needed to curb the dangerous rise.
Opposition lawmakers have accused Johnson of not taking the summit seriously enough to return less than a full day after the preliminary meeting of world leaders.
Senior MPs are also grilling him over the government’s efforts to respond to violence against women and girls after several high-profile incidents that have shocked the country and led to uproar.
The British leader has in the past proved reluctant to face the watchdog committee because he refused several invitations in 2019 and appeared before it for the first time only almost a year after taking power.
The panel last inquired about him in July.