Police to issue 20 fines for parties breaking COVID rules in Downing Street – POLITICO

LONDON — The Metropolitan Police will issue 20 fines for parties attended by politicians and officials at the top of the UK government who have broken COVID laws.

Since January, police have been investigating allegations of 12 anti-lockdown rallies in Downing Street and Whitehall, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s initial claim that the rules were followed at all times.

Those affected are not expected to be named, but insiders say the list does not include Johnson himself.

The Met Police said in a statement “we are doing everything we can to move this investigation forward quickly” but that “due to the significant amount of investigative material that remains to be assessed, further referrals may be made.”

Parties held during lockdown in Downing Street and Whitehall represented “serious failures of leadership”, concluded a report by senior civil servant Sue Gray earlier this year. Gray was only able to issue a partial update while the Metropolitan Police investigation continues.


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