Boris Johnson hands over Partygate dossier to MPs ahead of showdown trends now
Boris Johnson today handed over his Partygate dossier to MPs probing whether he misled the Commons.
The former PM's legal team have submitted his evidence to the cross-party Privileges Committee ahead of a potentially explosive showdown on Wednesday.
A source close to Mr Johnson urged them to publish the information 'as soon as possible'.
The file is said to include messages from officials at the time the scandal erupted, advising him that a series of gatherings in No10 did not break the rules.
They are said to show that Mr Johnson made active efforts to find out the truth about a number of raucous gatherings at which he was not present.
Boris Johnson (left today) is due to appear before the Privileges Committee chaired by Labour's Harriet Harman (right) on Wednesday
The submission is thought to be in the form of a lengthy submission from Mr Johnson's barrister Lord Pannick KC.
Downing Street has denied scheduling a crunch vote on the Northern Ireland Brexit deal for the same time as Mr Johnson is giving what could be four hours of evidence.
'It's wrong to suggest Government business changes as a result of this committee hearing,' the spokesman said.
The PM's spokesman also risked inflaming the Tory infighting by warning Mr Johnson's supporters against trying to undermine the inquiry.
Conor Burns, a Tory MP who served as a minister in Mr Johnson's government, has raised questions about the committee's chairwoman, the Labour