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Partygate news dwell: Fines issued over No 10 Covid rule breaches, as Labour demands Boris Johnson resign

Boris Johnson dodges Partygate questions 15 occasions in a single interview

The Metropolitan Police has introduced it’s issuing the primary 20 fines for folks attending Covid-19 lockdown-breaking events throughout Downing Street and Whitehall.

Twelve occasions are being investigated between May 2020 and April 2021, six of which the Prime Minister is alleged to have attended.

In a press release, Scotland Yard mentioned that circumstances have been being referred as we speak to the ACRO Criminal Records Office, which may have duty for issuing mounted penalty notices, that are set at £100 for the primary offence.

Although 20 mounted penalty notices (FPNs) will probably be handed out at first, extra are anticipated to observe. The Met Police has declined to call any of the people concerned.

Labour’s deputy chief Angela Rayner mentioned the Prime Minister ought to resign if he’s fined as we speak for the partygate scandal.

“If the Prime Minister is fined because he has broken his own rules then I think his position is untenable,” she mentioned.

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Dr Sam Power from the University of Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, mentioned: “Those that were in charge of setting the rules during the Covid-19 pandemic acted with a blatant disregard for them.

“Whilst others in government might consider the powerful acting as if they are above the law as ‘trivial fluff’, these issues could not be more important.

“Serious times require serious governments – not one which considers itself entirely above the law and beyond reproach.”

A person holds up a duplicate of the Sue Gray report in central London

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 11:36

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Former Chief Crown Prosecutors says his brother died ‘alone’ whereas the federal government ‘partied’

Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor and Chief Executive of the country’s Police and Crime Commissioners, mentioned his brother died alone with Covid two years in the past whereas the federal government “partied”.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 11:28

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Labour MP says Prime Minister “is not fit to lead us”

In response to the Met Police saying that fines are being issued over partygate, Labour MP Chris Bryant tweeted that the Prime Minister insisted that “no rules were broken” for weeks.

The Rhondda MP mentioned: “We know today for an absolute fact that these were lies. He is not fit to lead us.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 11:14

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All the justifications utilized by Boris Johnson for law-breaking events

Labour has accused the prime minister of “lying” about occasions and known as on him to resign after the Met Police introduced as we speak that fines will probably be issued.

My colleague Adam Forrest takes you although all of the partygate excuses the Prime Minister has used because the scandal broke out.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 11:03

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Partygate fines are for breaches in Covid legal guidelines, not guidelines

In a Twitter thread, our Home Affairs editor Lizzie Dearden explains that the partygate fines are for breaches in Covid legal guidelines, not guidelines and are issued “under the Health Protection Regulations, which were a suite of laws varied to enforce Covid lockdowns and restrictions throughout the pandemic”.

Read the entire thread right here:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 10:56

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Labour’s deputy chief mentioned the partygate saga had been a “slap in the face” for the general public

Labour’s deputy chief Angela Rayner mentioned the partygate saga had been a “slap in the face” for the general public after mounted penalty notices have been issued by the Metropolitan Police.

“After over two months of police time, 12 parties investigated and over a hundred people questioned under caution, Boris Johnson’s Downing Street has been found guilty of breaking the law,” she mentioned.

“The culture is set from the very top,” she added, saying: “The buck stops with the Prime Minister, who spent months lying to the British public, which is why he has got to go.

“This has been a slap in the face of the millions of people who made huge sacrifices.”

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has extra:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 10:44

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Liberal Democrat chief says Prime Minister ‘must resign’ or be sacked by Tory MPs

As the primary 20 fines are as a result of be issued over alleged lockdown events, Liberal Democrat chief Sir Ed Davey mentioned: “If Boris Johnson thinks he can get away with partygate by paying expensive lawyers and throwing junior staff to the wolves, he is wrong.

“We all know who is responsible. The Prime Minister must resign, or Conservative MPs must sack him.”

Liberal Democrat chief Sir Ed Davey

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 10:36

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Labour MP says partygate fines present that Prime Minister is a “confirmed liar”

Labour MP and Shadow Health & Social Care Secretary Wes Streeting tweeted this morning that the fines issued by the police for partygate shows that the Prime Minister is a “proven liar and lied repeatedly to the House of Commons and the country” as “according to Boris Johnson these were parties that never happened”.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 10:21

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Breaking: Boris Johnson must resign over fines issued for lockdown-breaching parties, says Angela Rayner

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner has called for the Prime Minister to resign if he is fined today over the partygate scandal.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has more.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 10:14

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Ministers declining to comment due to live investigation “buys Prime Minister more time” says ITV presenter

After education minister Will Quince stated that he cannot speak on the partygate scandal, “as there’s ongoing live Metropolitan Police investigation, it’s just not appropriate that I comment” ITV Presenter Paul Brand tweeted that this “buys” the Prime Minister “more time”.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain29 March 2022 10:09

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