Police say they have issued dozens of penalty notices over the “Partygate” scandal.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be fined for breaking COVID-19 rules following allegations he held a coronavirus lockdown party at government offices, his office said.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will also be fined.
The news comes after London’s Metropolitan Police said earlier on Tuesday that it would issue another 30 fixed penalty notices in response to the “Partygate” scandal that has left dozens of politicians and officials accused of ignoring their own Under investigation due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions. and caused a wave of public outrage.
A spokesman for Johnson’s office said: “The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer were notified today that the Metropolitan Police intends to issue a fixed penalty notice to them.”
“We don’t have further details, but we’ll update you again at some point.”
It is unclear how much Johnson and Sunak will be fined.
The prime minister has denied any wrongdoing, but he is said to have attended several of a dozen events at his 10 Downing Street office and other government buildings that police are investigating.
The public is outraged by the revelation that Johnson’s government will hold “bring your own drink” office parties, birthday celebrations and “Friday wine time” in 2020 and 2021, while millions of people in the UK are banned from meeting friends and family, Because of his administration’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Thousands have been fined between £60 ($78) and £10,000 ($13,040) by police for breaking the rules at social gatherings.
In total, police said they issued at least 50 fines for the violations, but did not identify the recipients. Police said they had sent questionnaires to more than 100 people, including the prime minister, and interviewed witnesses during the investigation.
“We are making every effort to move this investigation forward expeditiously, which includes continuing to assess the bulk of investigative material for further referral,” police said in a statement.
In January, public servant Sue Gray published a report on rallies that were not under criminal investigation. She said Johnson’s government’s “errors of leadership and judgment” had led to events that shouldn’t have happened.
Opposition calls for resignation
Opposition figures in parliament have called for Johnson and other members of his government to resign over the scandal.
“Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak broke the law and lied to the British public repeatedly. They must both resign,” said Keir Starmer, leader of the main opposition Labour party.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak broke the law and lied to the British public multiple times.
They all have to resign.
The Conservative Party is totally unfit to govern. Britain deserves better.
— Kyle Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) April 12, 2022
The issue had threatened Johnson’s position earlier this year, when some lawmakers in his Conservative Party called for him to resign as public trust plummeted and support for the government dwindled.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s wife, Carrie, was notified by police on Tuesday that she would be fined for violating the COVID-19 lockdown, her spokeswoman said.
“Mrs Johnson can confirm that she has been notified that she will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). She has not received any further details about the nature of the FPN,” the spokesperson said in a statement.