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by Louise Wilson
12 May 2022
Partygate: More than 100 fines for Downing Street Covid rule breaches

A Metropolitan Police officer at 10 Downing Street

Partygate: More than 100 fines for Downing Street Covid rule breaches

50 new fixed penalty notices issued

More than 50 new fines have been issued by the Metropolitan Police over Downing Street parties, taking the total to over a hundred.

The police had already issued more than 50 fixed penalty notices last month, including to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, for breaching Covid regulations while the country was in lockdown.

The identity of those who have received the new fines are not yet known, though it is understood the Prime Minister is not one of them.

More fines could follow, as the Met confirmed that “the investigation remains live” into 12 separate events.

Opposition parties called for the Prime Minister and Chancellor to resign last month.

The SNP’s Kirsten Oswald has this morning reiterated those calls, saying it is “beyond shameful” that Johnson is still in office.

Of the new slate of fines, Oswald said: “The sheer scale of law-breaking is staggering. With more than a 100 fines now issued by the Met Police over lockdown-breaking parties, Downing Street may well be one of the biggest law-breaking venues in the UK.

"It's beyond any doubt that while people made difficult sacrifices and followed the rules to look out for each other, Boris Johnson and his Tory colleagues believed the rules they set didn't apply to them as they laughed and partied away.”

Meanwhile, Keir Starmer is being investigated by Durham Police over a gathering with party activists in April 2021.

The Labour leader said on Monday he would resign if handed a fixed penalty notice.

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