Met says 20 fixed penalty notices to be issued over Downing Street parties

Twenty fixed penalty notices will be issued for breaches of Covid rules after allegations of lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street, Scotland Yard has said.

ザ・ 警視庁 said the fines were the first to be issued and that those who received them would not be named publicly, according to the professional practice guidance for fixed penalty notices (FPNs).

The Guardian reported on Monday night それ 20 fines were expected for the most straightforward cases, with Boris Johnson unlikely to be among them as he has denied breaking the law.

The officials and staff who have been issued with FPNs have not yet been informed.

The force said on Tuesday there was a “significant amount of investigative material that remains to be assessed” and that further fines would be issued if the evidence threshold was met.

Police are investigating 12 events in 2020 そして 2021, six of which Johnson is said to have attended. The force said it had obtained more than 300 photographs and 500 pages of documents, stemming from a Whitehall inquiry by the senior civil servant Sue Gray.

The Downing Street gatherings included a summer drinks party where attenders were invited to “bring your own booze”, leaving dos for civil servants and an alleged gathering in Johnson’s flat.

番号 10 has promised to reveal if the prime minister receives an FPN but has so far declined to say whether he has been interviewed by police.

The Met said it would not confirm the number of referrals from each individual event, saying that may inadvertently lead to people being identified.

労働党の副党首, アンジェラ・レイナー, renewed calls for Johnson to resign and said that should also apply to the chancellor, リシ・スナック, who has also been issued with a police questionnaire about lockdown gatherings.

“The culture is set from the very top. The buck stops with the prime minister, who spent months lying to the British public, which is why he has got to go," 彼女は言いました. “It is disgraceful that while the rest of the country followed their rules, Boris Johnson’s government acted like they did not apply to them.”

Asked on Sky whether it was the right moment to trigger a Conservative leadership contest, given the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Rayner said: “I think it’s important the support that we’ve given to the Ukrainian people, and we’ve been very clear in supporting the government in that and I think that’s a very serious situation and that it’s right that we’ve been united on that.

“But that doesn’t negate the prime minister from lying to the British public and if he thinks it does then he’s sadly mistaken.”

The Liberal Democrats also said the breaches within Downing Street were enough to compel Johnson to resign even if he was not personally fined.

The Lib Dem leader, Ed Davey, 前記: “If Boris Johnson thinks he can get away with Partygate by paying expensive lawyers and throwing junior staff to the wolves, he is wrong. We all know who is responsible. The prime minister must resign, or Conservative MPs must sack him.”

A campaign group for bereaved relatives Covid victims said the lengthy investigation had prolonged families’ pain. “Frankly, bereaved families have seen enough,” the group said. “The PM should have resigned months ago over this. By dragging it out longer all he is doing is pouring more salt on the wounds of those who have already suffered so much.”

A number of Tory MPs have privately said they would move to trigger a no confidence vote if Johnson is fined by the Met, though some have withdrawn letters of no confidence because of the Ukraine crisis.

Johnson is likely to find himself under new pressure to explain comments to parliament and the media when news of the breaches first broke in the Mirror last year.

At prime minister’s questions in December, he said “all guidance was followed completely in No 10”.

After a leaked video to ITV showed staff joking about having cheese and wine, he apologised for the “impression it gives” but said: “I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged, that there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken.”

During the course of the two-month investigation, the Met sent questionnaires to more than 100 members of staff and aides, including Johnson and his wife, Carrie; インクルード head of the civil service, Simon Case; and the prime minister’s former principal private secretary Martin Reynolds.

Images that have been examined by police include photos taken at parties and those taken from security cameras showing when people entered and exited buildings.

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