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Met issues fines over Downing Street lockdown parties

Amina Taylor
Press TV, London

Partygate- a series of gatherings that took place in and around the PM’s official residence in Downing Street at the very height of British Covid restrictions- almost cost Boris Johnson his premiership. The Sue Gray report that followed looking into the events laid partial blame at the feet of the leadership.

The public were told to await the probe by the police and on Tuesday the Met finally revealed that twenty fines will be issued after the force investigated 12 events that may have breached coronavirus lockdown rules. At least three of these gatherings had been attended by Boris Johnson.

The prime minister may well be one of those who had quietly hoped that this partygate scandal would have wandered into the political wilderness and died. Sadly for those who were abiding by the government’s very rules around Covid,for those who perhaps would not have been with loved ones when they needed it the most, this lack of accountability by the government is a very bitter pill to swallow.

Downing Street had previously said the PM would reveal whether he was one of those who have been fined, but he has so far not made any comment. The Met has not said who had been fined and what events the penalty notices relate to.

Johnson had been under pressure to quit at the height of the scandal, but subsequent domestic and international events might have saved his career. Many analysts are refusing to simply move on from the scandal, as is being urged by senior Conservatives.

The Met police says more fines could be issued as investigations continue.

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