London authorities to examine Downing Street lockdown celebrations

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London police to investigate Downing Street lockdown parties

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street on January 19, 2022 in London, England.

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LONDON– Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick stated Tuesday that the authorities will examine supposed celebrations held at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street workplaces due to an evident breach of Covid-19 guidelines.

It comes quickly after the most recent disclosure that an occasion was held throughout lockdown to commemorate Johnson’s birthday on June 19, 2020.

The London authorities chief stated that while the force did not normally examine lockdown breaches long after the occasion, the choice to open an examination followed proof offered by the Cabinet Office.

“What I can tell you this morning is that as a result firstly of the information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and secondly my officers’ own assessment, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations,” Dick stated Tuesday.

Several other occasions that appeared to have actually occurred at Downing Street and Whitehall were considered not to have actually reached the limit for a criminal examination based upon the details offered, Dick stated.

Johnson has actually up until now withstood calls to resign from throughout the political spectrum, regardless of public anger over a long and growing list of supposed lockdown breaches.

Dick acknowledged “deep public concern” about accusations of lockdown celebrations in breach of the federal government’s own Covid standards.

The examination marks an about-turn for the Met, which had actually formerly dealt with sharp criticism for dismissing calls to check out the claims.

“Throughout the pandemic the Met has sought, as I have said, to take a proportionate approach. I should stress the fact that the Met is investigating does not mean that fixed penalty notices will necessarily be issued in every instance and to every person involved,” Dick stated.

“We will not be giving a running commentary on our current investigations, but I can assure you that we will give updates at significant points as we would normally do.”

Gray report to be postponed

Senior civil servant Sue Gray had actually been anticipated to release the outcomes of her own examination into the “partygate” scandal in the coming days.

However, the Met’s examination will now imply Gray’s report is to be shelved.

That’s according to the regards to referral of the Gray examination, which specifies: “As with all internal investigations, if during the course of the work any evidence emerges of behaviour that is potentially a criminal offence, the matter will be referred to the police and the Cabinet Office’s work may be paused.”

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Mujtaba Rahman, handling director of Europe at Eurasia Group, a political danger consultancy, stated the news of the Met examination was “likely all becoming too much” for Conservative legislators currently annoyed with the prime minister’s management. He likewise recommended Johnson’s departure might now occur prior to regional elections in May.

“Many had actually been waiting for the result of [Sue Gray’s report] prior to choosing whether to send out in letters requiring a vote of self-confidence in Johnson,” Rahman stated. “This new delay is likely to push the patience of many — and encourage some to now hand in letters to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, demanding a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister.”

Rahman included: “With events moving fast, Johnson’s departure could now happen before the local elections in May, though bad Tory results could prove a tipping point if he survives until then.”

In the occasion of a vote of lost self-confidence, Rahman stated Johnson would probably hold the reins while the celebration selected a follower or deputy prime minister Dominic Raab might take control of for a brief time.

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