Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to be fined over Downing Street parties
The Prime Minister and Chancellor will be fined,
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will receive fines after breaching Covid lockdown rules at Downing Street.
The news was confirmed by a No 10 spokesperson on Tuesday afternoon.
Police have been investigating 12 gatherings held at Downing Street and the Cabinet Office after an internal inquiry found the prime minister’s staff had enjoyed alcohol-fuelled parties, with Boris Johnson attending some of the events himself.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police it has now issued 50 fines for breaches of lockdown regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street.
The Met Police statement said: "As of Tuesday, 12 April 2022 we have made over 50 referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPN) to the ACRO Criminal Records Office for breaches of Covid-19 regulations who following the referral issue the FPNs to the individual."
The statement continued: "We are making every effort to progress this investigation at speed, this includes continuing to assess significant amounts of investigative material from which further referrals may be made to ACRO [Criminal Records Office]."