Met Police finally in talks over Downing Street party ‘breaches’ after 100-person invite


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The Met Police are finally in talks over Downing Street party ‘breaches’ after 100-person email invite.

Just five days after the outdoor gathering, Boris Johnson said police should intervene to stop outdoor gatherings.

He was asked by a member of the public: “There are large groups gathering in local parks, ignoring social distancing rules. When many of us are being so vigilant and staying alert, what can be done to discourage this disregard for the rules?”

The PM replied: “Feel free to speak to people yourself if you feel that they are not obeying the rules.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference to update the nation on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic
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“But the police will step in if necessary and encourage people to obey the law.”

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: “This garden party looks like a clear breach of lockdown rules at a time the public were being ordered to stay at home.

“Boris Johnson himself said just days after this party that the police should step in to stop people holding outdoor gatherings. It would absolutely reek of double standards if the police don’t investigate these allegations in full.

“We must get to the bottom of this. If rules were broken, those responsible should face the full force of the law.”

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said the “garden party looks like a clear breach of lockdown rules “
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Labour MP Neil Coyle said: “The Met cannot keep ignoring the Downing Street transgressions any longer. Whilst most of us adapted to restrictions under the pandemic, there was endemic rule breaking at the very top of this Government and prosecutions must follow.”

A Met Office spokesperson said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on 20 May 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.

Boris Johnson has also been accused of personally breaking Covid laws by hosting a Christmas quiz in No10 last year.

The Prime Minister was pictured on screen, sitting underneath a portrait of Margaret Thatcher as he read out questions.

The Prime Minister was pictured on screen, sitting underneath a portrait of Margaret Thatcher as he read out questions
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A source said many staff huddled by computers, conferring on questions and knocking back fizz, wine and beer from a local Tesco Metro.

In one office, the insider said, there were four teams, each made up of six people.

It was December 15 – three days before a gathering now being probed – and the PM was flanked by two members of his top team, although they were not drinking.

One was wearing a Santa hat and the other draped in tinsel.




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