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Lawyers comb through Johnson's partygate defence document before publication

Boris Johnson (Andrew Boyers/PA)
Sam Blewett, PA Deputy Political Editor

Boris Johnson’s legal team has handed over to MPs his defence dossier – but he now faces a wait for the publication of his attempt to rebut allegations he lied to Parliament with his partygate denials.

The former prime minister’s allies urged the cross-party Privileges Committee to publish his testimony “as soon as possible” after turning it over on Monday afternoon.

But the PA news agency has been told it is highly unlikely to be published the same day, as clerks and lawyers are still combing through the lengthy document.

Mr Johnson was first asked to provide a written submission in July last year, but instead provided it with 48 hours to go before his televised grilling on Wednesday afternoon.

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