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Lord McDonald's letter of 5 July 2022[1]
When Lord McDonald took to Twitter at 7:30 this morning, he knew the political firestorm he would create. But, quite simply, he had had enough of Number 10′s obfuscation and downright lies about the Chris Pincher scandal. And he was determined to set the record straight. (Huffington Post)

Disclaimer (#3)Document.png Letter  by Lord McDonald dated 5 July 2022
Subjects: Chris Pincher, Boris Johnson, Kathryn Stone, PCS, 10 Downing Street
Source: Twitter (Link)

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This morning I have written to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards - because No 10 keep changing their story and are still not telling the truth.[2]

Sent by email
5 July 2022
Ms Kathryn Stone OBE
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
Dear Ms Stone,
Five days after Mr Pincher's resignation as deputy chief whip, there remains significant confusion surrounding complaints about his behaviour prior to the drunkenness he admits at the Carlton Club on 29 June.
Inaccurate claims by 10 Downing Street continue to be repeated in the media. On 3 July, the BBC website reported:
"No official complaints against [Mr Pincher] were ever made."
This is not true. In the summer of 2019, shortly after he was appointed minister of state at the Foreign Office, a group of officials complained to me about Mr Pincher's behaviour. I discussed the matter with the relevant official at the Cabinet Office. (In substance, the allegations were similar to those made about his behaviour at the Carlton Club.) An investigation upheld the complaint; Mr Pincher apologised and promised not to repeat the inappropriate behaviour. There was no repetition at the FCO before he left seven months later.
The same BBC website report continued:
"Downing Street has said Boris Johnson was not aware of any specific allegations when he appointed Mr Pincher deputy chief whip in February."
By 4 July the BBC website reflected a change in No 10's line:
"The prime minister's official spokesman said Mr Johnson knew of 'allegations that were either resolved or did not progress to a formal complaint,' adding that 'it was deemed not appropriate to stop an appointment simply because of unsubstantiated allegations'."
The original No 10 line is not true and the modification is still not accurate. Mr Johnson was briefed in person about the initiation and outcome of the investigation. There was a "formal complaint". Allegations were "resolved" only in the sense that the investigation was completed; Mr Pincher was not exonerated. To characterise the allegations as "unsubstantiated" is therefore wrong.
I am aware that [it] is unusual to write to you and simultaneously publicise the letter. I am conscious of the duty owed to the target of an investigation but I act out of my duty towards the victims. Mr Pincher deceived me and others in 2019. He cannot be allowed to use the confidentiality of the process three years ago to pursue his predatory behaviour in other contexts.
Yours sincerely,
McDonald of Salford
Permanent Under-Secretary
Foreign & Commonwealth Office