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Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to be fined over Partygate scandal

BORIS Johnson and Rishi Sunak are fined by police for lockdown busting parties at Downing Street.

No10 confirmed that both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor will receive firm penalties for attending events that break rules.

Boris Johnson faces a fine for Partygate

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Boris Johnson faces a fine for PartygatePhoto credit: Reuters
Both the prime minister and the chancellor receive fixed penalties

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Both the prime minister and the chancellor receive fixed penaltiesCredit: PA
Police have issued 30 more fines over Partygate allegations

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Police have issued 30 more fines over Partygate allegationsCredit: Alamy

A spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have received notification today that the Metropolitan Police intend to issue them firm penalties.

“We don’t have any further details, but we’ll update you again when we do.”

The unveiling of the bomb will cause the Prime Minister and himself a major new headache rekindle the Partygate series.

Downing St. admitted hours after Scotland Yard confirmed it had imposed more than 30 new fines.

The Met Police said the number of fines issued increased from 20 to more than 50.

It comes with officials continuing their inquiries into a dozen gatherings held during the two Covid lockdowns.

Last month The police distributed the first 20 fines to employees who attended an event at the Cabinet Office on June 18, 2020.

They were reportedly worth £50 – rather than the £200 maximum – and were emailed to recipients.

Boris Johnson is said to have been present at about half of the events, and the Chancellor was present at one a birthday party for the PM.

Scotland Yard said: “The investigation into allegations of breaches of Covid-19 rules at Whitehall and Downing Street continues to move forward.

“We have made over 50 fixed penalty notice referrals to the ACRO Criminal Records Office for breaches of Covid-19 regulations who will issue the FPNs to the individual once the referral is made.

“We are making every effort to expedite this investigation.

“This also includes the further evaluation of significant amounts of test material from which further referrals to ACRO can be made.”

PN PROMISE

The PM had promised to announce publicly whether he would be finedalthough he has repeatedly insisted that he did not break the law.

No. 10 has also said it will disclose whether Simon Case, the head of civil service, will face a penalty.

However, it has insisted that the identities of other recipients, such as Downing St staff, will not be released.

Police officers working on the investigation, codenamed Operation Hillman, have combed through hundreds of documents and photos.

They are investigating allegations of repeated flouting of Covid rules at Downing Street while the country was in lockdown.

Auxiliaries and Officers No. 10 are accused of drinking alcohol, eating cheese and playing board games in violation of the rules.

Although the war in Ukraine has pushed domestic politics into the background, today’s developments will bring Partygate back into the public eye.

This not only blows his defense out of the water but also calls his honesty and integrity into question

Sir Keir Starmer

The scandal plunged Boris’ prime ministership into a crisis and sparked wild speculation that he might face a leadership challenge.

He responded by promising to fundamentally change the way No. 10 works, including overhauling his top team.

The prime minister was seen as safe among Tory MPs given his global leadership in the fight against Russia and cooling temperatures.

But questions about his leadership will now surface again as Met detectives smack him with a fine.

And this afternoon, opposition parties pounced on the latest revelations.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the new fines provided evidence of “widespread crime” at Downing Street under the Prime Minister’s watch.

He said: “He claimed to the country that all the rules were being followed at Downing Street, that there had been no parties.

“Not only does this blow his defense out of the water, but it also calls into question his honesty and integrity.”

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said the “shocking level of crime” in No Shows was “untrustworthy” to the Prime Minister.

He raged: “No other leader in any other organization would be allowed to continue after breaking the law on this scale.

“If Boris Johnson doesn’t resign, Conservative MPs will have to show him the door.”

Whitehall ethics enforcer Sue Gray attacked the “failure of leadership” at Downing Street in a scathing if partially redacted report.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18241209/scotland-yard-fines-partygate-boris-johnson/ Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to be fined over Partygate scandal

Bobby Allyn

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