LIZ Truss has rejected suggestions from Boris Johnson’s allies that an inquiry into whether he lied to Parliament over partygate risks becoming a “kangaroo court”.

The Foreign Secretary said on Thursday that she “implicitly” trusts the Privileges Committee to investigate the Prime Minister and defended the decision for Labour grandee Harriet Harman to chair it.

The Commons inquiry that could determine Johnson’s fate in office began on Wednesday with a decision to allow Downing Street staff to give evidence anonymously if necessary.

Harman was elected to lead the cross-party committee, which is expected to begin holding oral evidence sessions in the autumn.

The Daily Telegraph reported Downing Street sources accusing the committee of relying on “hearsay evidence” by considering allowing witnesses anonymity.

And they questioned Harman, a former acting Labour leader, leading the committee.

But Truss told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I trust implicitly my parliamentary colleagues to listen properly to the evidence and make the right decision.”

She told Sky News that “I don’t see a problem” with Harman chairing the committee and rejected the sources’ claims that it is going to be a kangaroo court.

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“No, we have these processes in Parliament. The process has kicked off, we now need to wait for the results,” she said.

The committee gave a month for witnesses to come forward after launching their investigation in a private meeting on Wednesday.

Johnson survived a vote of no confidence by Tory MPs earlier this month in the wake of Sue Gray’s damning inquiry into partygate.

But 148 Conservatives – or 41% of his party – voted against Johnson, in what was a major blow to his authority.

Under the current rules of the Conservative 1922 Committee, the Prime Minister cannot face another vote over his leadership for a year.

However, the group of backbench MPs could work to change this if they believe any events change the situation and that he should go.

Some Conservatives have said they believe Johnson being found to have lied to the House, normally considered a resigning matter, would cross that line.

The committee is comprised of seven MPs, four Tories, two from Labour and one from the SNP.