2022 in United Kingdom politics and government

A list of events relating to politics and government in the United Kingdom during 2022.

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EventsEdit

JanuaryEdit

  • 12 January
  • 19 January – Conservative MP Christian Wakeford crosses the house to Labour, after submitting a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson in light of the "partygate" scandal.[3]
  • 20 January – Conservative MP William Wragg accuses whips of blackmail against Conservative MPs who are believed to support the ousting of Johnson. The Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, tells the Commons that potentially criminal offences would be a matter for the police. A Downing Street spokesperson says: "We are not aware of any evidence to support what are clearly serious allegations."[4][5]
  • 24 January
    • Johnson orders an inquiry into allegations by Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani that she was sacked as a minister after being told her "Muslim-ness” was "making colleagues uncomfortable".[6]
    • Conservative peer Lord Agnew publicly resigns in the House of Lords after criticising the government's handling of fraudulent Covid business loans.[7]
  • 31 January – The initial findings of a report by Sue Gray into Downing Street parties are published. She notes that, "At least some of the gatherings in question represent a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time," and concludes that "a number of these gatherings should not have been allowed to take place or to develop in the way that they did. There is significant learning to be drawn from these events which must be addressed immediately across Government."[8]

FebruaryEdit

MarchEdit

AprilEdit

  • 7 April –
    • The government's plan to introduce a photo ID requirement for elections is defeated in the House of Lords by 199 votes to 170.[24]
    • The government's new energy strategy is published, which includes a plan for eight new nuclear reactors and 95% of the UK's electricity coming from low-carbon sources by 2030.[25]
  • 21 April – MPs debate a motion calling for an inquiry into claims that Johnson misled Parliament over Partygate.[26]
  • 24 April – The Elections Act 2022 receives royal assent, The Act introduces voter photo identification for in-person voting to the United Kingdom for the first time. The requirement would apply to UK general elections, English local elections, and police and crime commissioner elections in England and Wales.[27][28]
  • 27 April – In a statement, Conservative Chief Whip Chris Heaton-Harris says he is investigating reports that a Conservative MP watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons chamber, after complaints from female Tory MPs. The MP is later revealed to be Neil Parish, Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton (see 29 April).[29]
  • 29 April – Conservative MP Neil Parish is suspended from the Conservative Whip over allegations that he watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons.[30]
  • 30 April – Neil Parish admits to watching pornography twice in the House of Commons and says that he will resign as an MP.[31]

MayEdit

JuneEdit

JulyEdit

AugustEdit

  • 3 August – The sending out of ballot papers for the Conservative leadership election has been delayed amid security concerns after GCHQ warned hackers could change people's votes.[118]
  • 8 August – Buckingham Palace confirms the Queen will interrupt her annual holiday at Balmoral Castle to meet the incoming prime minister in September.[119]
  • 11 August – The Prime Minister, Chancellor, and Business Secretary meet representatives of energy companies to discuss the ongoing price rises,[120] but the meeting concludes without any firm resolution.[121]
  • 15 August – The Cabinet Office announces the launch of an emergency warning system to send alerts about severe weather and other life-threatening events to mobile phones. The system will launch in October and cover England, Scotland and Wales.[122]
  • 16 August – Conservative MP William Wragg announces on Twitter that he is taking a break from his duties, due to severe depression and anxiety.[123]
  • 18 August – SNP Margaret Ferrier pleads guilty to breaking COVID restrictions at Glasgow Sheriff Court.[124]
  • 31 August – Buckingham Palace confirms that the Queen will appoint the next Prime Minister at Balmoral, breaking with tradition by not returning to London to make the appointment.[125]

SeptemberEdit

OctoberEdit

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

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