Piers Morgan calls on Boris Johnson to resign over 'Savile' lie

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Piers Morgan has called for Boris Johnson to resign if party allegations are true. (Getty Images)
Piers Morgan has called for Boris Johnson to resign over his allegation against Sir Keir Starmer. (Getty)

Piers Morgan has called upon Boris Johnson to resign over his false allegation that Sir Keir Starmer 'failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile'.

The Prime Minister alleged in the House on Monday that the Labour leader was behind a failure to prosecute the former children's television presenter, who was exposed as a prolific sex offender.

Morgan tweeted: "Boris Johnson told a disgusting lie in Parliament yesterday about Sir Keir Starmer 'failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile.' He did it to deflect attention from his previous lies about Partygate. If a minister lies to the House, he has to resign."

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The prime minister made the accusation during a debate in Parliament about the Sue Gray report of her investigation lockdown-breaking gatherings at Downing Street.

Referring to the time when Keir Starmer was director of public prosecutions Johnson said: "Who used his time prosecuting journalists and failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile, as far as I can see – he chose to use this moment to continually pre-judge a police inquiry."

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: UK main opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer (L) and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on November 14, 2021 in London, England. Remembrance Sunday is an annual commemoration held on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day, November 11, the anniversary of the end of the First World War and services across Commonwealth countries remember servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since WWI. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the comment about Labour Party leader Keir Starmer in the House of Commons. (Getty)

Sir Keir has since called Johnson's comment a "ridiculous slur".

The Metropolitan Police have now launched their own investigation into whether the government broke the law by holding social gatherings during the coronavirus lockdown.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab was asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme if he would repeat the "extraordinary and baseless allegation" without parliamentary privilege.

Raab said: "This is the cut and thrust of parliamentary debates and exchanges... I'm certainly not repeating it. I don't have the facts to make comments like that."

File photo dated 25/10/97 of Jimmy Savile. Gross misconduct notices have been served on two detectives over their handling of a reported sex attack by the former DJ, the police watchdog said.
TV presenter Jimmy Savile was exposed as a prolific sex offender. (PA)

Parliamentary privilege allows members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords to have freedom of speech and immunity from defamation when speaking in Parliament.

Morgan also tweeted: "Boris Johnson and his No10 staff repeatedly ignored the rules they ordered the rest of us to obey ‘to save lives’, so they could party during the biggest health crisis for 100 years. That’s the story, and whatever his defenders say, it’s utterly outrageous."

It is not the first time Morgan has called for the Prime Minister's resignation.

The 56-year-old former Good Morning Britain presenter tweeted a link to a post about a leaked email showing Downing Street staff were invited by the prime minister's private secretary for drinks on 20 May 2020 when the country was in lockdown and an official announcement the same day had told the public they must stick to meeting in pairs only outdoors.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) with Piers Morgan during a party to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of weekly politics magazine The Spectator, held at the Churchill Hyatt Hotel in central London.   (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson and Piers Morgan at a party for The Spectator in 2008. (Getty Images)

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Morgan shared a photo of himself and his son socially distancing on the same day, writing: "On the day (May 20, 2020) that ⁦Boris Johnson attended his No10 party where 100 people were invited to ‘bring a bottle’, I met my eldest son for first time in 2 months, & we stayed this far apart, without anyone else there, because that was BORIS JOHNSON’S BLOODY RULE."

He added: "We all have similar stories, some obviously deeply distressing involving sick and dying loved ones. Britain’s prime minister separated families for months on end, often in their darkest hours, but secretly ignored all those rules himself to party. Just outrageous hypocrisy."

Watch: Keir Starmer said Boris Johnson's Savile claim was a 'ridiculous slur'