The latest Boris Johnson news: 126 fined as Partygate probe ends

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A leading expert on Covid laws has questioned the “inconsistency” of Metropolitan Police fines imposed on Downing Street staff while Boris Johnson escaped further punishment.

Scotland Yard said it had faced 126 fines at eight events as its Partygate inquiry came to an end.

Both the Prime Minister and his wife, Carrie Johnson, previously received awards in connection with a 56th birthday celebration.

However, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed Mr Johnson had been told by police he would not face any further penalties and The Independent understands Ms Johnson was given the same assurance.

The No10 juniors are reportedly angry that they have been issued firm fines – in some cases multiple fines – while the Prime Minister and other senior figures are avoiding new action.

Attorney Adam Wagner described the finding of the Partygate inquiry as “a bit strange” and said it appeared Mr Johnson avoided fines despite attending illegal drinks events.

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Time to ‘move on’ by Partygate, Home Office minister says

Home Secretary Kit Malthouse has said it’s time for Partygate to “move on”.

“I am delighted that it is finished and I am grateful to the police for being efficient,” he told the BBC’s World at One programme.

“I hope we can now move on to the really pressing issues.”

Asked if it was understood why the Prime Minister only received a fine, Malthouse said: “You’d have to take that up with the police. My job is to look at the results and be relieved that it’s done and move on to the really important things that we need to focus on.”

Meanwhile, Environment Secretary George Eustice told the BBC: “The Prime Minister has apologized for everything that happened at No 10.

“Obviously there was a very thorough investigation and rightly so. There were mistakes and we acknowledge that. We recognize the anger some people will feel.”

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 2:52 p.m

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Legal expert questions ‘strange’ fines for junior No10 as PM escapes

A leading expert on Covid laws has questioned the “inconsistency” of Metropolitan Police fines imposed on Downing Street staff while Boris Johnson escaped further punishment.

The No10 juniors are reportedly angry that they have been handed firm penalties – in some cases multiple fines – while the Prime Minister and other senior figures avoided new action from Scotland Yard.

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Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 2:36 p.m

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Police are “rightfully able to exercise discretion” when dealing with shoplifters who steal groceries out of desperation, No. 10 says

Downing Street said the law must be enforced but police officers are “rightfully able to use their discretion”.

The PM’s official spokesman was asked for Boris Johnson’s view on officials turning a blind eye to shoplifters who are stealing groceries out of desperation after a police watchdog suggested they use discretion during the cost-of-living crisis.

He replied: “I think the Minister of Police spoke about it this morning. Obviously the law needs to be enforced. At the same time, police officers can legitimately exercise their discretion.”

In addition, he said he would not attempt to say anything that could be perceived as violating the police’s operational independence.

Asked if that meant police should turn a blind eye to some cases, he said: “I’m just speaking in general terms about the longstanding principle that police officers can exercise discretion.

“But I think you’ll know that this morning the Police Secretary challenged the premise of that question … the financial pressures people are facing doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to turn to crime.”

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 2:18 p.m

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Boris Johnson has expressed “significant concerns” to the Ukrainian president about rising food prices

Boris Johnson has expressed “significant concerns” to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about rising food prices linked to the Russian invasion.

In a call this morning, the two reviewed options to “open critical sea and land supply routes for Ukrainian grain supplies” and pledged to direct their teams “to work urgently on next steps,” Downing Street said.

A No 10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister spoke to President Zelenskyy of Ukraine today to discuss a range of issues including military support and global food security.

“The Prime Minister expressed grave concern about the growing global consequences of Russia’s illegal invasion and President (Vladimir) Putin’s cowardly and reckless blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, including rising food prices in developing countries.

“They reviewed options to open critical sea and land supply routes for Ukrainian grain supplies and pledged to direct their teams to work urgently on next steps.”

The prime minister also stressed his “unalloyed admiration for the brave defenders of Mariupol” and urged Russia to treat all prisoners of war with dignity and respect, No. 10 said.

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 2:02 p.m

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Police Secretary deflects questions over why Boris Johnson has only been fined

Police Secretary Kit Malthouse deflected questions to Scotland Yard when asked how Boris Johnson was only fined despite reportedly attending multiple events.

Mr Malthouse told BBC Radio 4 world one Broadcast: “You would have to discuss this with the police.

“My job is to look at the results and be relieved that it’s done and move on to the really important things that we need to focus on.”

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 1:37 p.m

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Downing Street ‘unaware’ of further ministerial fines

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said he was unaware of other ministers being implicated in the Partygate scandal.

Both Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were fined, both of which were paid.

When the Met closed its investigation today, the prime minister was spared another fine. It is believed that the chancellor should be fined again.

Asked if other government ministers will confirm to MPs if they have been fined over the scandal, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “Our commitment is to update the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretary, as I have done .

“I am certainly not aware of any other ministers who would be involved. But that is still our obligation.”

Liam JamesMay 19, 2022 1:07 p.m

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Boris Johnson will address Commons on Sue Gray Report – No 10

Downing Street said the Prime Minister would brief Parliament on the publication of the Sue Gray report.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “I would say the Prime Minister is pleased that the inquiry has been closed and we would like to thank the Met Police for their work in bringing this inquiry to a conclusion.

“Furthermore… I think the Prime Minister will primarily update Parliament on the publication once Sue Gray’s report is out and then he will speak in more detail. Beyond that I would not go into further detail.”

Ms Gray’s report to Partygate could be released as early as next week, a source close to her team said The Independent following the completion of the Met’s investigation.

A version of the report was released in January but was heavily edited to avoid disrupting the police investigation.

Liam JamesMay 19, 2022 12:45 p.m

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Rulebreakers at Downing Street should do community service – SNP

Ministers found to have broken Downing Street Covid laws should be sent to do community service at food banks, the SNP suggested.

SNP Commons leader Peter Wishart also urged any minister who has been fined to contact Parliament “as soon as possible”.

Speaking on business in Parliament, Mr Wishart said: “This law and order party is now the party of no-order parties.”

He added: “This criminal gang should get a short, sharp shock of some sort of community service, maybe even work in the food banks they love to talk about at length.

Mark Spencer, leader of the House of Commons, responded that the SNP had its own problems to worry about this week with a “fiasco” in ferry construction and huge cuts in rail services.

Liam JamesMay 19, 2022 12:26 p.m

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Twenty-eight people have received between two and five fines, the Metropolitan Police say

Acting Deputy Commissioner at Scotland Yard Helen Ball said: “In total we have made 126 referrals for the issuance of a fixed fine.

“Some of these transfers involved the issuance of more than one fine – 28 people were referred for two to five fines.”

She told broadcasters: “The whole pandemic has been an extraordinary time, hasn’t it, and a lot of things have happened that didn’t happen before or haven’t happened since.

“We conducted a really thorough, careful and impartial investigation into what happened.

“It ended today with the result I described.”

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 12:23 p.m

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Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie escape more fines as Partygate investigation concludes

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman has confirmed the Prime Minister has been told by police that neither he nor his wife Carrie Johnson are to receive any further Partygate fines.

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 12:05

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