LONDON – Dozens of new fines have been imposed by British government officials as part of an investigation into cove-lockdown violations, London police said on Thursday, bringing a total of more than 100 quotes so far.
Downing Street confirmed that Johnson was not among those who received the penalty this time. Police did not reveal the identities of those fined, but promised a Downing Street update if Johnson received another quote. “I have no updates,” a spokesman said. Asked if this meant Johnson was not fined, he said, “That’s right.”
In its latest update on epidemic violations, police offered the statement: “On Thursday, May 12, Operation Hillman, Whitehall and Downing Street investigated more than 100 referrals (FPNs) to the ACRO Criminal Records Office to investigate violations of the Covid-19 regulations.” These referrals have been running full-time since our last update on Tuesday, April 12, and the investigation is live. “
“Partigate” has become a problem for the British government, which has been defeated in recent local elections in part due to scandals. Police are investigating 12 rallies for violations.
There is also an upcoming administrative report by civil servant Sue Gray, who previously said the parties were involved in “leadership and failure of judgment”. Parliament has launched an additional investigation into whether Johnson “knowingly misled” lawmakers about whether the rallies violated the government’s lockdown rules.
Labor leader Kear Starr has called for Johnson to resign over the scandal. Opposition leaders are now facing police investigations in the north-east of England following footage of beer drinking at a rally in Durham in April 2021 – an incident that has inevitably been dubbed “beergate” by the media.
Starmer said he had a beer and a takeaway curry meal Time off from work and no rules were broken. To draw a contrast with Johnson, Starmer promised to resign if he was fined and if the lockdown rules were broken.
Johnson declined an invitation to resign after being fined for attending a birthday party in his honor at Downing Street, organized by his wife.
In an interview last week, Johnson said he was an “honest” politician who “unknowingly” misled Parliament when he said that the “guidelines and rules” of the parties on Downing Street were always followed.