A former senior police officer from Northern Ireland is applying for a parliamentary petition to sanction Boris Johnson for recent comments he made about investment in historic child abuse investigations.
Jim Gamble, from Co Down, is the former chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Mr Johnson claimed during an interview with LBC last week that police funding was being "spaffed up the wall" investigating historical child abuse cases.
The former foreign secretary said "an awful lot of police time" was spent looking at "historic offences and all this malarkey".
Mr Gamble, who was the senior child protection officer in the UK's first investigation into the disappearance of Madeline McCann, said on social media that he needed five UK citizens to support his suggested petition.
I’m applying for a parliamentary petition to sanction #BorisJohnson for his inappropriate comments abt the investment in historic #childabuse investigations. First hurdle I need 5 people (UK citizens) to support my suggested petition. DM me if u r willing to be one of the 5.— Jim Gamble (@JimGamble_INEQE) March 20, 2019
Mr Gamble said Mr Johnson's comments were "inappropriate and hurtful".
He added: "They're not 'malarkey' nor is the money being 'spaffed' up a wall".
This is the link to my application for a parliamentary petition to sanction #BorisJohnson for his inappropriate & hurtful comments abt the investment in historic #ChildAbuse investigations. They’re not ‘Malarkey’ nor is the money being ‘spaffed’ up a wall. https://t.co/vFTIeWTooE— Jim Gamble (@JimGamble_INEQE) March 20, 2019
Alliance MLA's Naomi Long and Paula Bradshaw have both signed the petition.
I was more than happy to sign this. Mr Johnson may play the clown but his motives are selfish, sinister and damaging and he is unfit for public office. https://t.co/G48MiMYSGh— Paula Bradshaw MLA (@PaulaJaneB) March 20, 2019
If a petition gets 10,000 signatures, the government will respond. If it gets 100,000, it will be be considered for debate in Parliament.