UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces no further action over Downing Street partygate scandal

Downing Street revealed on Thursday that Johnson had not disclosed any more fines for his alleged breach of confinement rules after the Metropolitan Police announced it had concluded its investigation.

Johnson is said to be “pleased” that the investigation has been completed and that he has not received a second fine, after being given a 56-year ban, PA Media reported.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The Met has confirmed that they will take no further action in respect of the Prime Minister.”

Announcing the end of its online investigation, the Metropolitan Police force released a statement saying: “The Met today announced that the investigation into suspected breaches of Covid regulations at Downing Street and Whitehall, under Operation Hillman, it is complete.

“In total, detectives have made 126 referrals for Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to the ACRO Criminal Records Bureau for violations of Covid-19 regulations.”

Johnson was fined by police on April 13 for attending a birthday party thrown for him at his official Downing Street residence in June 2020, when large indoor gatherings were banned.

He claimed in December that he had been assured “there was no party and no Covid rules were broken”. Since then it has been learned that he himself attended various events, including the party for which he was fined.

Activists who lost family members during the pandemic called Thursday’s decision a “terrible insult” and called for the immediate release of the report by official Sue Gray, who is expected to be highly critical of Johnson.

A series of tweets from the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK account read: “There is no reason for that report to be delayed any longer. Every day they don’t act they allow a man to gas us and lie to our faces.” of the bereaved when he claimed that he did ‘everything in his power’ to save our loved ones remains the highest office on earth.”

The so-called Partygate scandal has been a major embarrassment for the Conservative Party, as poll after poll revealed that the public wanted the Prime Minister to resign.

Opposition politicians had called for Johnson’s resignation, but such criticism has dimmed since Labor leader Keir Starmer is now under investigation for alleged breaches of the rules.

Asked by reporters in Leeds on Thursday if he was still calling for Johnson to resign, Starmer said: “My opinion of the prime minister has not changed.

“Of course, after an investigation showing over 120 breaches of the law in Downing Street, of course he should resign, he is responsible for culture.”

PA reported that Starmer was questioned about his own infraction, but said: “Neither I nor anyone on my team broke the rules, I trust that and therefore no comparison can be made here.”

Decision criticized by grieving relatives

The Metropolitan Police have said they will not identify those fined for Covid offenses at Downing Street, but said 35 men received 53 tickets, while 48 women received 73 tickets, some of whom were fined more than once.

The Met’s acting deputy commissioner Helen Ball said in the statement: “There is no doubt that the pandemic has affected us all in many ways and strong feelings and opinions have been expressed on this particular issue.”

“When the Covid regulations were introduced, it was clear to the Met that while we would not routinely investigate breaches of regulations retrospectively, there may be times when it would be appropriate to do so.

“The information we received regarding the alleged breaches at Downing Street and Whitehall was sufficient to meet our criteria to commence such an investigation.

“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 we had strong evidence for every FPN referral.

“This investigation is now complete.”

This story has been updated to correct the number of people fined by police: 48 women and 35 men received tickets.

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