A viral Facebook post claims that John Major suspended (or to use the legal term, “prorogued”) parliament longer than necessary in 1997 to postpone the publication of a report into allegations that Conservative MPs were bribed to ask questions in Parliament.
The post implies that because of this, he is hypocritical to oppose Boris Johnson’s recent suspension of parliament.
It is true that Mr Major prorogued parliament in March 1997 for three weeks before it was formally dissolved ahead of the election on 1st May. When prorogation happens, it typically lasts less than a week.
Mr Major was accused by political opponents and the media at the time of doing this to prevent the “cash-for-questions” report being published before the upcoming general election. Whether or not that was his reason for proroguing parliament, it had that effect—the report was eventually published in July 1997.
The post also claims correctly that John Major joined a court case to stop the current prorogation of parliament.
You can read more about proroguing parliament here.