Boris Johnson has been accused of a “knowing and repeated lie” by the chair of the committee on standards and privileges over employment claims made in parliament.
Labour MP Chris Bryant wrote to the PM listing the eight instances when he made inaccurate statements about the number of people in work.
While there are more people on employee payrolls now compared to the start of the pandemic, there has been a large drop in self-employed people, meaning there are fewer people in work overall.
Bryant detailed how the prime minister was made aware of the inaccuracy of his statements on at least two occasions, yet continued to repeat the claim.
In March, Johnson claimed he “took steps to correct the record” when questioned by MPs over the matter at the liaison committee. Ministers are required to submit corrections in writing, something Bryant said the PM has failed to do.
“You have failed to correct the record, and failed to correct the record about failing to correct the record,” Bryant wrote.