POLICE will investigate “several” Downing Street parties that took place during the lockdown, Met Chief Dame Cressida Dick has announced.
Boris Johnson’s ‘Partygate’ crisis escalated dramatically as Scotland Yard finally bowed to enormous pressure to launch an investigation.
The Met Sheriff confirmed that her officers will be investigating a number of violations.
So far, sheriffs say they don’t usually consider events that took place quite a while ago – but today they say they have enough evidence and reason to believe people know they broke the law. the law.
But the Cabinet Office confirmed today that the Sue Gray investigation – scheduled to take place this week – is continuing despite the police investigation.
An insider said: “The investigation being carried out by Sue Gray is continuing.
“Currently contacting the Metropolitan Police Department.”
Mrs Dick told politicians in London’s Parliament this morning when challenged as to why the police had not investigated so far: “We policemen have no fear or favor.
“We police impartially, we police independently.
“In general, we usually don’t investigate regulatory violations when they’ve been reported long after they’re believed to have taken place.
“Normally it wouldn’t be a commensurate use of time to investigate after the fact.”
She said they would do it only it was “the kind of blatant and flagrant violation” with substantial evidence, and when the people involved “knew or ought to have known that what they were doing was a crime”. commit crimes”.
They also only probe when an investigation would be undermining the law, and there’s little evidence to support it, she said.
Ms Dick said: “As a result of the information provided by the Cabinet office and the assessment of my own officers, I can confirm that the Met is currently investigating a number of events that took place at Downing St and Whitehall for the past two years in connection with a violation of Covid 19 regulations.”
It means that fixed penalty notices can be sent to those found to have violated the rules.
It comes just hours after the Prime Minister was engulfed in a new scandal after admitting to celebrating birthdays indoors at the height of his first lockdown.
The Prime Minister turns 56 on June 19, 2020, with No 10 confirming staff members gathered to wish him well in the Cabinet Room when indoor socialization was banned.
It was claimed to be his later fiancée Carrie surprised the Prime Minister with a cake and led a Happy Birthday choir with at least 30 staff members.
ONE Downing Street Last night’s insider said: “Here are a few people who were in the office saying happy birthday, it’s not a party.”
ITV News reports that wise men included interior designer Lulu Lytle, who was at the time in charge of the controversial six-figure renovation of the Prime Minister’s flat.
But No10 insisted that the Prime Minister was there in “less than ten minutes” after staff had “briefly gathered” after the meeting.
Several other gatherings have taken place at No10 over the past two years – including leaving on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, Christmas sinks and several other events.
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