Partygate investigation ends with 126 fines


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The Metropolitan Police investigation into Partygate is complete, with 126 fines issued across eight events.

The force said its investigation was now complete and a total of 73 women and 53 men had been disciplined, some multiple times.

Scotland Yard said it would not release the identities of those fined, but Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have already admitted receiving penalties and Thursday’s announcement is expected to spark fresh calls for the resignation.

Events that broke Covid laws included the ‘bring your own booze’ garden party in Downing Street on May 20, 2020, Mr Johnson’s birthday celebration on June 19, 2020 and a rally at the official residence of the Prime Minister on November 13 this year – the day Dominic Cummings left.

Sue Gray’s long-awaited partygate report could be released as soon as next week now that police investigations have been completed, a source close to her team has said The Independent.

Ms Gray’s report was completed in January, but she delayed publication of the full document at the request of the Metropolitan Police to avoid any risk of influencing their investigation.

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Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie escape further fines as party investigation ends

Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson has confirmed that police told the Prime Minister that neither he nor his wife Carrie Johnson would receive any further fines.

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 12:05

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People could still be fined for the holidays in the coming days, according to the Metropolitan Police

Acting Met Deputy Commissioner Helen Ball said it was possible people could still receive holiday fines over the next few days.

“We made referrals today, so it’s possible people will hear in the next 24 to 48 hours,” she said.

She also said Scotland Yard had no objections to senior civil servant Sue Gray publishing her partygate report.

“We have no objection to Sue Gray releasing her report and she will make her decisions now as to what next steps she wants to take, I’m sure.”

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 11:56

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Carrie Johnson has not received any other fines from partygate

An update from our political editor Andre Woodcock:

Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie has not received another fine in Partygate’s latest round of fixed penalty notices, The Independent understand.

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 11:43 a.m.

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Timeline of government rallies as more party fines are issued

The Independent reviewed all party claims and investigations into rallies in No 10, ministries and at Conservative Party headquarters.

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 11:30 am

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Metropolitan Police have ‘no objections’ to publication of Sue Gray’s report

Our Home Affairs Editor Lizzie Deden is in a briefing with Acting Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Helen Ball.

Ms Ball told reporters: ‘We have no objection to Sue Gray publishing her report and she will now make her own decision on what action she wishes to take.

“The current position is that 97 of the FPNs have been paid, we have not been advised that anyone intends to dispute this.”

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 11:17 a.m.

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Crucial Sue Gray Partygate Report Could Arrive As Soon As Next Week

Sue Gray’s long-awaited partygate report could be released as soon as next week now that police investigations have been completed, a source close to her team has said The Independent.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse has more updates here:

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 11:03 a.m.

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The eight events that led to 126 partgate fines

Our Home and Security Editor Lizzie Deden has more details on these partygate fines:

Events found to have breached Covid laws included:

  • The “bring your own booze” garden party in Downing Street on May 20, 202
  • Boris Johnson’s birthday celebration on June 19, 2020
  • A rally at the Prime Minister’s official residence on November 13, 2020 – the day Dominic Cummings left
  • The Downing Street Christmas Party on December 18, 2020
  • A Cabinet Office drink on December 17, 2020
  • The departure took place on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, where a suitcase of wine was reportedly brought to Downing Street
  • Number 10 leaving a glass on January 14, 2021
  • A departure for a private secretary No. 10 on June 18, 2020.

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 10:59

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Partygate investigation ends with 126 fines issued for eight events, Met Police say

The Metropolitan Police investigation into Partygate is complete, with 126 fines issued across eight events.

The force said its investigation was now complete and a total of 73 women and 53 men had been disciplined, some multiple times.

Follow our latest news here:

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 10:50 a.m.

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The reputation of the commons can only be rebuilt if the ‘bad eggs’ are dealt with, says Sir Lindsay Hoyle

Sir Lindsay Hoyle said the reputation of the House of Commons can only be rebuilt if the “bad eggs” are dealt with.

The Speaker of the House of Commons said those working in Parliament should not feel alone or feel pressured to suffer as he stressed there is support available.

He also said people should go directly to the police if a criminal offense has been committed.

Asked about his feelings on recent events and allegations involving senior figures at Westminster, Sir Lindsay told Times Radio: “I’m very, very worried, not just for the victims, but it also doesn’t help the reputation of the House of Commons. Far from that.

“What I want to do is make sure we have clear ways to support victims and make sure those avenues are available, and what I would say very clearly – if it’s a criminal offence, please contact the police directly.

“We also have our ICGS, our Independent Complaints route, so as I say we have different routes, please use them.

“Don’t feel alone. Don’t feel like you have to suffer. We are here to help and support you.

“And we have to rebuild the reputation of the House of Commons. We can only do that by making sure that if there are rotten eggs, let’s catch them.”

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 10:50 a.m.

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Stock markets fall as inflation rises and recession fears intensify

Stock markets fell in London and across Europe on Thursday as fears grew that runaway price rises could soon trigger a recession.

The FTSE 100 index for large company charges fell 2% to 7,288.56 after inflation hit a 40-year high and markets reacted to Wall Street’s worst day since the peak of the pandemic.

Our sales correspondent Ben Chapman has more details:

Chiara GiordanoMay 19, 2022 10:35 a.m.


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