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Government defends using public funds for Boris Johnson Partygate legal advice

Exclusive: Edward Argar offers first public explanation for use of taxpayers’ money on Lord Pannick report

The government has defended using taxpayers’ money to foot the bill for legal advice concerning the investigation into Boris Johnson’s Partygate denials, with fresh questions raised about why officials signed off on the nearly £130,000 costs.

Edward Argar, a Cabinet Office minister, offered the first public explanation for why public funds had been used to commission a report by the lawyer Lord Pannick that criticised an inquiry by the privileges committee.

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