Boris Johnson has been ordered to hand over a cache of documents to MPs investigating whether he lied to Parliament with his party denials.
The Commons Privileges Committee has written to Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case asking for details relevant to its investigation.
These include Mr Johnson’s diaries for eight days over the festive period, email invitations, resignation emails and WhatsApp messages, and No 10 entry diaries.
Harriet Harman, the senior MP who is chairing the inquiry, wrote to the couple giving them a deadline of August 15 to hand over the documents.
Covid-breaking Downing Street parties were among the scandals that forced the resignation of Mr Johnson as Tory leader, and his successor will become the next Prime Minister in September.
But the committee’s inquiry threatens to further tarnish his legacy and could impact his future as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
The request for Mr Johnson’s diary entries relates to dates between May 2020 and January last year, when many rule-breaking gatherings took place in Downing Street and Whitehall.
Request for No 10 entry registers on June 19 and November 13, 2020 centers on Mr Johnson’s birthday party, for which he was fined, and an event at his Downing Street flat .
All photos by Mr Johnson’s official photographer, Andrew Parsons, on the dates in question have also been requested.
Electronic invitations for all events were demanded, as were briefing notes for Commons appearances where Mr Johnson may have misled the House and records of civil servants being disciplined .
The same was true for the details of any relevant documents that might have been deleted.
Downing Street could not guarantee that it would provide the committee with all the evidence requested.
A No 10 spokesperson said: ‘You will appreciate that we have recently received these letters and requests which we will now consider properly.
“As we have said before, we will assist the committee in their investigations, but once we have had time to review the letters and requests, we will present our response to the committee.”
Oral testimony sessions as part of the inquest are expected to begin in the fall.