Metropolitan police issue 20 fines over lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street — Analysis

In January, authorities launched an investigation into 12 incidents where Covid restrictions might have been violated

The Metropolitan Police force announced on Tuesday that it has issued 20 fines to offenders who’d violated Covid restrictions by attending lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street and Whitehall in 2020 and 2021.

In January, the UK’s police launched an investigation into 12 incidents at which some rules might have been broken. It required around 100 Downing Street staff and Whitehall staff to complete questionnaires.

“The investigation into allegations of breaches of COVID-19 regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street has now progressed to the point where the first referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPN) will be made to ACRO Criminal Records Office,”The Metropolitan Police released a statement.

“We will today initially begin to refer 20 fixed penalty notices to be issued for breaches of Covid-19 regulations. The ACRO Criminal Records Office will then be responsible for issuing the FPNs to the individual following the referrals from the MPS.”

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Johnson was given a questionnaire by the premier on Tuesday, February 11. This followed speculations that Johnson may have attended six of these events. On Tuesday, the spokesperson for Johnson confirmed that no fine has been given to him at this point due to his violation of Covid regulations.

Scotland Yard launched its investigation in response to an internal investigation of the government by Sue Gray (senior civil servant). In January, an edited version of Sue Gray’s report was made public. It claimed that “failures of leadership and judgment”It led to an “serious failure to observe standards of government and those expected of the public at the time.”

The controversy around the allegations of lockdown-breaking parties and the release of a redacted version of Gray’s report led to members of Johnson’s own Conservative Party calling on him to resign over the violations of rules that his own government had set.

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