Boris Johnson And Rishi Sunak Receive Fines For Downing Street Lockdown Breaches
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak are both to receive fines for breaching lockdown rules as 30 more fines were handed out over the parties held in Downing Street.
The Metropolitan Police announced today that 30 more fines were to be handed out following the investigation into the parties that took place while the UK was under Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
The Prime Minister has previously claimed that there were no parties, and that no Covid-19 rules were broken.
The Met have stated that they will not be providing any information on who received the penalty notices or which events the fines pertain to.
However, Downing Street previously said that they would release the information if Johnson was amongst those fined.
A spokesperson for Downing Street said: “The prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer have today received notification that the Metropolitan police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices.
“We have no further details, but we will update you again when we do.”
A spokesperson for Carrie Johnson has also confirmed that she will receive a fine.
They said: “In the interests of transparency, Mrs Johnson can confirm she has been notified that she will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. She has not yet received any further details about the nature of the FPN.”
The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group repeated calls for the Prime Minister to resign after the Metropolitan Police said at least 30 more fixed penalty notices will be issued by the ACRO Criminal Records Office.
This is in addition to 20 referrals made at the end of March.
Matt Fowler, co-founder of the group, said: “There you have it – it’s now indisputable that whilst bereaved families were unable to be at their loved ones’ sides in their last moments, or stood at their funerals alone, the people responsible for protecting us in Downing St were partying and rule breaking en masse.
“It’s a reality that is unbelievably painful for bereaved families like mine to face as we try and move forward with our lives.”
Mr Fowler said it is 'plain as day' that there was a 'culture of boozing and rule-breaching at the highest level of Government'
while up and down the country the public made 'unimaginable sacrifices' to protect their loved ones.
He continued: “The man responsible for that culture is the Prime Minister. The same man that looked bereaved families in the eye last year and told us that he had done ‘everything he could to protect their loved ones’.
“If Boris Johnson had any decency he would do the right thing and resign immediately.”
Additional reporting from PA News Agency