Boris Johnson quits UK Parliament in face of sanctions over 'partygate'

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is quitting as a lawmaker after being told he will be sanctioned for misleading Parliament.
Boris Johnson is stepping down as an Member of Parliament with immediate effect Friday after receiving the "partygate" report.
He accused the Commons investigation into whether he misled Parliament of trying to "drive me out".
His resignation will trigger a by-election in his west London seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
In a long, dramatic resignation statement, he said he is "bewildered and appalled" that he can be forced out.
Mr. Johnson's statement criticises Parliament's Privileges Committee which was investigating whether he misled MPs over lockdown parties at No 10.
The former PM said: "It is very sad to be leaving Parliament - at least for now".
Mr. Johnson was prime minister from July 2019 to September 2022. He has been a Member of Parliament since 2001.

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