Partygate: All events that the police are investigating – and those that have resulted in fines


Police have started handing out fines to people attending lockdown defiance parties in Downing Street and Whitehall.

Scotland Yard confirmed last week it had issued 20 firm penalties to guests for unlawful hitting during the pandemic.

Detectives are looking into 12 events as part of their Partygate investigation, including six gatherings where Boris Johnson is believed to have attended.

The prime minister was not included in the first wave of fines, which are said to cover only the simplest of cases.

Downing Street has pledged to confirm whether Mr Johnson or Cabinet Secretary Simon Case will be fined, but the Met and No10 have said they will not say who else will be fined or what events the penalties relate to.

However, details have emerged of senior officials who have now been fined for three separate incidents

Boris Johnson is being investigated by police as part of their Partygate inquiry

Here are all the parties the Metropolitan Police are investigating – and which have resulted in fines.

20 May 2020: Downing Street Garden BYOB Party

The Prime Minister’s then-private secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited around 100 staff to a party at the height of the first lockdown to “make the most of the nice weather”.

He signed the email: “Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

The Prime Minister has admitted to briefly attending the gathering but claimed he thinks it is a work event.

His wife, Carrie Johnson, was reportedly there along with 40 others.

A witness told the Sunday Times: “There were 40 people in the garden including Boris and Carrie. There were long tables laden with drinks, chips, sausage rolls, and other picnic food. It was a real spree.”

fines imposed? None so far.

Boris Johnson and his then assistant Martin Reynolds, who invited 100 employees to the event


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June 18, 2020: Karaoke leaves Thu for No. 10 official

Officials gathered for a lockdown karaoke party to mark the departure of No. 10 official Hannah Young.

The noisy exit, which is said to have led to a drunken brawl, saw partygoers use a karaoke machine, although singing and indoor gatherings were banned at the time.

Around 20 people took part in the knees-up.

Former official Helen MacNamara apologizes for a “misjudgment” in attending the event

Former Whitehall ethics chief Helen MacNamara was the first person to publicly admit to being fined when she apologized for a “misjudgment of discretion” in attending the event.

Whitehall enforcer Sue Gray first revealed in her first Partygate report in January that the event had taken place at the Cabinet Office.

fines imposed? Yes

June 19, 2020: Boris Johnson’s surprise birthday reunion

Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie led staff in a chorus of Happy Birthday while the Prime Minister was presented with a cake at a surprise gathering in the Cabinet Room.

The Prime Minister had returned from a visit to schools in Hertfordshire that afternoon.

Boris Johnson was presented with a cake during a school visit earlier that day


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Tory Conor Burns claimed the Prime Minister was “ambushed with a cake”.


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Long-time ally Conor Burns famously tried to defend the Prime Minister’s presence, saying he was “ambushed with a cake” and was only there for ten minutes.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak also admitted his attendance but said he was there for a meeting.

fines imposed? None so far

13 November 2020: ‘Abba’ party at the Downing Street flat

Sources said Mirror No10 aides “threw their socks off” at a gathering at the home of Boris and Carrie Johnson above 11 Downing Street.

Staff reported listening to loud music late into the night after Dominic Cummings, the Top 10 aide, resigned.

The flat share meeting later became known as the Abba party, because “Winner Takes It All” is said to have been played to celebrate his farewell.

A spokeswoman for Ms Johnson dismissed the claims as “utter nonsense”.

fines imposed? None so far

Dominic Cummings resigned in a flurry of publicity


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November 13, 2020: Farewell to the editor-in-chief

A farewell ceremony was held the same evening for Lee Cain, the Prime Minister’s outgoing communications director.

Boris Johnson reportedly gave a farewell speech to say goodbye to former spin doctor Lee Cain.

Sources told the Mirror that a relatively small number of people had gathered in No. 10’s “round table room” for drinks to mark the departure of two top aides.

fines imposed?Not far away

December 17, 2020: Boozy departure for officials who wrote the Covid rules

Kate Josephs, former director-general of the Covid Taskforce, was fired drunk by Cabinet Office officials – despite London being placed in Tier 3 the day before.

Bars, pubs and restaurants were forced to close, but staff enjoyed a ‘drinks’ gathering to mark their departure from Whitehall.

Ms Josephs, who worked for Sheffield City Council, issued a public apology earlier this year after details of the retirement ceremony emerged.

fines imposed? Yes

Former senior official Kate Josephs apologized earlier this year for attending the event



December 17, 2020: Christmas quiz in the official house

Public Service chief Simon Case was originally asked to investigate the Partygate scandal but resigned after an incident was revealed to have taken place in his own office.

The investigation was taken over by senior official Sue Gray.

An online quiz was reportedly held for members of his private office, with around 15 guests taking part.

fines imposed? Not far away

December 17, 2020: No. 10 leaves Thurs

Boris Johnson was speaking at an event to mark the departure of Defense Adviser Captain Steve Higham from Downing Street ahead of Christmas.

It is understood the Prime Minister was “there for a few minutes to thank him for his service” when a “small number of No 10 staffers said a brief goodbye”.

fines imposed? Not far away

18 December 2020: Downing Street Christmas Party

The noisy Christmas party, first revealed by the Mirror, was said to have been attended by 40 members of the Prime Minister’s top team.

Downing Street dodged questions for a week before bombastic video emerged of staff joking about it.

Officials tipped wine glasses and held a secret Santa while the rest of the country was forced to stay home.

Later reports said people made speeches and stayed until 2am with Boris Johnson not present but working in his office a few rooms down.

“It was a Covid nightmare,” a source told the Mirror.

Mr Johnson claimed in the House of Commons that all guidelines were being followed, but video emerged of a mock press conference in which press secretary Allegra Stratton joked about her knees and the lack of social distancing. She later resigned.

fines imposed? Not far away

The Prime Minister’s press secretary, Allegra Stratton, resigned after footage surfaced of her joking about a No10 Christmas party



January 14, 2021: Prosecco Party for Outgoing Officials #10

Sue Gray first revealed a gathering was held at Downing Street during the third lockdown to mark the departure of two private secretaries.

The Prosecco-spiked event is said to have included a speech by Boris Johnson, who attended briefly.

fines imposed? Not far away

April 16, 2021: Two drunk Dos exit on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

Farewell events for No10 communications chief James Slack and a photographer were held and later merged the night before Funeral of Prince Philip.

Despite the Union flag flying at half-mast at Buckingham Palace, Downing Street staff filled a suitcase with wine from a local cooperative and staff reportedly broke a swing that belonged to the Prime Minister’s young son, Wilf.

Downing Street apologized to Buckingham Palace after news of the lockdown parties sparked widespread public anger.

fines imposed? Yes

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