Met never asked me for lockdown party evidence, says Dominic Cummings

多米尼克·卡明斯, Boris Johnson’s former chief aide, was never contacted by police seeking information about alleged lockdown-breaching parties inside Downing Street during his time working there, he has said.

a Twitter exchange with a journalist, asked if he was one of the No 10 staffers to receive a fixed-penalty notice (FPN) from the Metropolitan police over illicit social events, Cummings replied: “不, didn’t even send a questionnaire or email asking for evidence.”

The police issued 126 fines to 83 人们, including one to Johnson, in an investigation which ended last week.

Because the offences fell under the system of FPNs, they were dealt with entirely by police, who investigated alleged breaches and issued fines, which could be challenged in court, although none were in this case. Those involved were not formally interviewed but sent written questionnaires.

Cummings was Johnson’s most senior adviser until he was sacked in November 2020, and is mentioned six times in the report into the gatherings, 周三发布 by the senior civil servant Sue Gray.

The report identifies Cummings as present at two events considered in the report, one of which is a gathering in the Downing Street garden on 15 可能 2020, 在哪里 Cummings was pictured sitting with Johnson alongside a table with wine bottles and a cheese platter. Gray described this event as a continuation of work meetings, and it was not investigated by police.

然而, Cummings was also identified by Gray as attending at least part of an event on 18 六月 2020 for which others were fined, a leaving event in the Cabinet Office for a No 10 private secretary. This continued until after 3am, involving a karaoke machine and what Gray called “excessive alcohol consumption” in which someone was sick and “a minor altercation between two other individuals”.

Cummings is also cited by Gray as having raised written concerns about a “bring your own booze” gathering in the No 10 garden on 20 可能 2020, another event for which people were fined.

Gray said in her report she had “not found any documentary evidence” of Cummings’ worries. 但在 another tweet, he said this was a misunderstanding by Gray, and that while he and another official, the then communications chief Lee Cain, both raised concerns, only Cain did so in writing.