UK police wrap up investigation into Johnson’s ‘partygate’ scandal

LONDON: Britain’s Metropolitan Police said on Thursday it has concluded its investigation into breaches of Covid-19 regulations at British government offices, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official residence, with a total of 126 fines issued by crimes.
Police said they issued fixed-fine notices to 53 men and 73 women for gatherings that took place on eight dates between May 2020, at the height of the first wave of the pandemic, and April 2021. Some people received multiple tickets. . The case has been dubbed “partygate” by the media.
Johnson apologized last month after revealing that he was among dozens of people who paid a police ticket for attending parties and gatherings for breaking lockdown. That made him the first British leader to be sanctioned for breaking the law while he was in office.
Revelations that Johnson and other top officials were meeting illegally in government buildings at a time when millions of people across the country have adhered to government restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 have angered voters and prompted calls for his resignation. of Johnson.
The conclusion of the police investigation means that the results of a separate investigation by a senior official can now be published. Government officials say the Sue Gray report will be released as soon as possible.
Police are not identifying the people who were fined, but Treasury chief Rishi Sunak as well as Johnson’s wife, Carrie, said they were among those fined along with Johnson for attending a birthday party hosted by the prime minister. .
Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said the Gray report should now be “published without delay”.
“The public made great sacrifices while Boris Johnson was partying, they deserve the whole truth,” he tweeted.

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