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Boris Johnson FINED for lockdown parties – Will the Prime Minister resign?

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak receive lockdown fines

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An No.10 spokesperson said Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have “received notification that the Metropolitan Police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices”. Both Tory politicians have been part of the Met’s ‘partygate’ investigation which has looked at allegations that a number of Downing Street parties took place during Covid lockdowns in the UK.

The spokesperson added: “We have no further details, but we will update you again when we do.”

There is no indication that either man will resign as a result of the announcement but Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for both to go. 

He tweeted: “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.”

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has urged Parliament to reconvene from its Easter recess and hold a no confidence vote in the PM. 

To date more than 50 fines have been handed out by the Met, though the force has chosen not to name each individual. 

The Government had previously said it would reveal if Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak were among those issued with fines. 

Downing Street have said they’ve not been informed which event the fines were linked to.

A spokesperson has also revealed that the PM’s wife, Carrie Johnson, has been fined for a breach of lockdown restrictions. 

They said: “In the interests of transparency, Mrs Johnson can confirm she has been notified that she will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. 

“She has not yet received any further details about the nature of the FPN.”

Altogether, the Met has been examining 12 gatherings on eight dates to understand if Covid regulations were broken.

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Of these, the PM is known to have attended at least three events:

  • May 20, 2020 in the Downing Street garden
  • June 19, 2020 in the Cabinet Room for the PM’s birthday
  • November 13, 2020 on the departure of a special adviser

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