Boris Johnson & Rishi Sunak to be Fined over ‘Partygate’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be fined by the police for attending parties during lockdown.

Boris Johnson & Rishi Sunak to be Fined over 'Partygate' f

"The Conservatives are totally unfit to govern."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been told that they will be fined for attending parties during lockdown.

The Met Police are investigating alleged Covid law-breaking at 12 gatherings in Whitehall and Downing Street.

So far, more than 50 fines have been handed out.

The police said they would not be naming all of those who received the fines, but the government had promised to reveal if Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak were among them.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

“The Prime Minister and Chancellor have today received notification that the Metropolitan police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices.”

In addition to the PM and the Chancellor, Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie Johnson will also be fined.

Unsurprisingly, other politicians have criticised them, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer calling for the pair to resign.

He said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public. They must both resign.

“The Conservatives are totally unfit to govern. Britain deserves better.”

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said:

“Boris Johnson must resign. He broke the law and repeatedly lied to parliament about it.

“The basic values of integrity and decency – essential to the proper working of any parliamentary democracy – demand that he go.

“And he should take his out of touch Chancellor with him.”

In January 2022, an investigation into 12 events where restrictions may have been breached was launched.

It is thought that Boris Johnson attended as many as six of the events under scrutiny.

Police issued the first 20 fines on April 1 to people who attended a leaving do for a Number 10 official on June 18, 2020, in the Cabinet Office building at 70 Whitehall.

Some of those fines were also handed out to people who attended two events on April 16, 2021, the day before Prince Philip’s funeral.

Fixed penalty notices do not amount to a criminal conviction, but they can result in a court summons and criminal prosecution if they are not paid.

Scotland Yard launched its investigation following the conclusion of the internal government inquiry led by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

A restricted version of her report was published at the end of January, but many details were removed so as not to compromise the police investigation.

It is unclear whether the full report will now be published.

The PM’s official spokesman has previously said discussions were needed “with the Met and others about what is suitable”.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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