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Boris Johnson will not face further fines over lockdown gatherings, says No 10 | Metropolitan police

Boris Johnson will not obtain any extra fines for lockdown-breaching events, it has been confirmed, after the Metropolitan police stated they’d accomplished their investigation into gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall.

The police power stated they’d issued a complete of 126 fixed-penalty notices, masking all 12 occasions investigated.

Johnson and his spouse, Carrie, obtained fixed-penalty notices final month for attending a celebration for his birthday, however will not be fined once more. “The Met has confirmed they are taking no further action as regards the prime minister,” Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson stated.

It is known an analogous reassurance was given to Carrie Johnson. The cupboard secretary, Simon Case, has not obtained any fines, however the Met has not confirmed whether or not he might nonetheless obtain a penalty.

While Johnson receiving only one wonderful would seemingly restrict the prospect of strikes by Tory MPs to oust him, he now faces publication of the complete report into illicit gatherings by the senior civil servant Sue Gray, which officers say will be revealed subsequent week.

A quick, interim model of Gray’s report was revealed, however the full particulars have been delayed for the police investigation. Gray has had entry to vital quantities of data together with photographs of occasions, thought it appears unlikely these will be launched.

Opposition events nonetheless reiterated their requires Johnson to resign, with Keir Starmer saying the prime minister was “responsible for the culture” in Downing Street.

Johnson’s spokesperson stated: “The PM is pleased that the investigation is concluded, and would like to thank the Met for their work.” Asked whether or not Johnson could be making a public assertion, he stated the prime minister “will update parliament in the first instance, once Sue Gray’s report is published”.

The spokesperson stated Gray’s report could be revealed, “as received” from the senior civil servant. Asked whether or not photographs or different proof could possibly be revealed, he stated: “It will be up to Sue Gray what information she includes in her report.”

The Met stated it had imposed fines for occasions on eight dates. However, on a number of of those, a couple of occasion befell. The Met stated that of the 12 occasions referred to it for investigation, “all resulted or will do so in a FPN [fixed-penalty notice] being issued”.

The 126 fines have been issued to 83 totally different folks, the Met stated. There have been 53 FPNs issued to 35 males and 73 to 48 ladies, which means 28 folks obtained between two and 5 penalties.

The Met’s performing deputy commissioner, Helen Ball, stated 97 fines had thus far been paid, and none of these excellent have been past the 28-day interval folks must make the cost.

Asked whether or not Johnson ought to nonetheless step down having obtained one wonderful, Starmer – who faces his personal potential penalty for a attainable Covid guidelines breach – stated this had not modified.

The Labour chief stated: “After an investigation that shows 120-plus breaches of the law in Downing Street, of course he should resign. He’s responsible for the culture.”

Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat chief, stated the concluded investigation confirmed Downing Street (*10*).

He stated: “It exposes a shocking level of criminality at the heart of Johnson’s No 10. It beggars belief that Conservative MPs are allowing our great country to be run by a prime minister who broke the law then repeatedly lied about it.”

The eight dates for which fines have been issued are:

  • 20 May 2020, when “bring your own booze” drinks have been held within the Downing Street backyard.

  • 18 June 2020, when a celebration was held to mark the departure of a No 10 personal secretary.

  • 19 June 2020, the date of Johnson’s party, for which he was fined.

  • 13 November 2020, when a leaving do was held for adviser Lee Cain in addition to a celebration within the No 10 flat.

  • 17 December 2020 when a number of events have been held, together with one to mark the departure of Covid taskforce boss Kate Josephs.

  • 18 December 2020, the date of the festive gathering which led to the resignation of Allegra Stratton.

  • 14 January 2021, when gatherings have been held to mark the departure of two personal secretaries, as revealed by Sue Gray.

  • 16 April 2021, the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, when two events have been held, one among which culminated in Wilfred Johnson’s swing being damaged.

In its assertion, the Met stated that whereas it did not routinely examine historic Covid breaches, it might achieve this if there was proof these concerned knew they have been breaking guidelines, the place the case was clear, and “where not investigating would significantly undermine the legitimacy of the law”.

The investigation noticed 12 detectives work by 345 paperwork, together with emails, door logs, diary entries and witness statements, 510 images and CCTV pictures and 204 questionnaires.

Ball stated: “Our investigation was thorough and impartial and was completed as quickly as we could, given the amount of information that needed to be reviewed and the importance of ensuring that we had strong evidence for each FPN referral.”

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