Boris and Carrie Johnson fined by police over Partygate – and so is Rishi Sunak



‘Lying’ Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were today told to resign after police issued them both with Partygate ends – along with the PM’s wife Carrie.

No10 made the bombshell admission that cops have decided the Prime Minister, his wife and his Chancellor all broke their own lockdown laws.

It came as Scotland Yard dished out another 30 ends for lockdown-breaching parties which took place in Downing Street and on Whitehall in 2020 and 2021 – bringing the total to 50 so far.

He is accused of misleading Parliament four and a half months ago when he vowed solemnly: “All guidance was followed completely in No10.”

Carrie Johnson had also vehemently denied a party took place in the Downing Street flat, while Rishi Sunak told MPs in December: “I did not attend any parties.”

Labor leader Keir Starmer said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public. They must both resign.

“The Conservatives are totally unfit to govern. Britain deserves better.”






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Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: “The country cannot have criminals and liars leading our Government, especially at a time of national and international crisis.

“Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak took the country’s sacrifices for granted, while they broke the law to party in Downing Street.

“They are not fit to hold office. If they had a shred of decency, they would resign.

“Parliament should be recalled immediately so that MPs can hold a vote of no confidence. Conservative MPs must do their patriotic duty and kick these criminals out of Government once and for all.”

Naomi Smith of campaign group Best for Britain said: “For the good of the country, Parliament must be recalled and they must face a confidence vote.”

The Prime Minister’s spokesperson confirmed: “The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have today received notification that the Metropolitan police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices.”

A spokesperson for Mrs Johnson added: “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 fines will be £100 or £200 depending on whether they were issued before or after September 2020. They halve if paid within 14 days. Officials claimed they did not yet know which events the prominent figures were fined over.

The PM, his wife and Chancellor can all contest the ends but only if they fight them in a magistrates’ court – and if they lost in court they would get a criminal record.

Today’s revelations could spark a fresh wave of Tory attempts to oust the Prime Minister after dozens of MPs said they would wait until police responded before deciding their course of action.

In February Tories said police action “would be terminal.” But it takes 54 letters of no confidence to trigger a leadership contest – and the shameless PM could try to ride out the storm, saying Britain needs consistency during the Ukraine war.

Lobby Akinnola, spokesperson for Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice said: “After everything that’s happened it’s still unbelievably painful to know that the Prime Minister was partying and breaking his own lockdown rules – while we were unable to be at our loved ones’ sides in their dying moments, or in miserable funerals with only a handful of people – because we were following the rules.

“The fact that the Prime Minister and his Chancellor then lied about it, and would have continued to do so if the police hadn’t intervened, is truly shameless. They broke the law.

“But even worse, they took us all for mugs.

“When we met the PM in the No10 garden – the same one where they had these parties – he looked us in the eye and said he had done everything he could to save our loved ones.

“We now know that that was a lie.

“There is simply no way either the Prime Minister or Chancellor can continue. Their dishonesty has caused untold hurt to the bereaved. Not only that, but they have lost all credibility with the wider public, which could cost lives if new variants mean restrictions are needed in the future. If they had any decency they would be gone by tonight.”

GMB union General Secretary Gary Smith said: “While GMB members risked their lives on the front line of the pandemic, these two chancers were partying the night away in Downing Street.

“They broke the law. It should be up to the country to decide if they get to keep their jobs.”

All the lockdown parties investigated by police

Below are all the parties the Metropolitan Police are investigating – and which ones had resulted in late as of Wednesday last week.

It is not yet known which events the latest purposes were issued over – as the Met Police is keeping details anonymous.

May 20, 2020: BYOB bash in the Downing Street garden

The PM’s then Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds invited around 100 staff to bash at the height of the first lockdown to “make the most of the lovely weather.”

He signed off the email: “Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

The Prime Minister has admitted to briefly attending the gathering but claimed he thought it was a work event.

His wife Carrie Johnson was reportedly there, along with 40 others.

One witness told the Sunday Times: “There were 40 people in the garden, including Boris and Carrie. There were long tables laden with drink, crisps, sausage rolls and other picnic food. It was a proper booze-up.”

Fines issued? None so far.

June 18, 2020: Karaoke leaving do for No10 official

Officials gathered for a lockdown karaoke bash to mark the departure of No10 official Hannah Young.

The raucous leaving do, which is said to have resulted in a drunken brawl, saw partygoers use a karaoke machine despite singing and indoor gatherings being banned at the time.

Around 20 people attended the knees-up.

Former Whitehall ethics chief Helen MacNamara became the first person to publicly admit to receiving a fine when she apologized for an “error of judgement” in attending the event.

Whitehall enforcer Sue Gray first revealed the event had taken place at the Cabinet Office in her initial Partygate report in January.

Fines issued? And it is

June 19, 2020: Boris Johnson’s surprise birthday gathering

Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie led staff in a chorus of Happy Birthday while the PM was presented with a cake at a surprise gathering in the Cabinet room.

The Prime Minister had returned from a school visit in Hertfordshire that afternoon.

Long-standing ally Conor Burns famously tried to defend the Prime Minister’s attendance by saying he was “ambushed with a cake” and was only there for ten minutes.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also admitted to attending but said he was there for a meeting.

Fines issued? None so far

November 13, 2020: ‘Abba’ party in Downing Street flat

Sources told the Mirror No10 aides “drank their socks off” at a gathering in Boris and Carrie Johnson’s flat above 11 Downing Street.

Staff reported hearing loud music blasting late into the night after top No10 aide Dominic Cummings quit.

The flat get-together later became known as the Abba party, as the ‘Winner Takes It All’ was said to have been played to celebrate his departure.

A spokeswoman for Mrs Johnson dismissed the claims as “total nonsense” but an event in the flat was listed in Sue Gray’s report and Dominic Cummings said it happened.

Fines issued? None so far

November 13, 2020: Leaving do for spin chief

On the same night, a leaving do was held by Lee Cain, the PM’s departing director of communications.

Boris Johnson is said to have given a leaving speech to say farewell to former spin doctor Lee Cain.

Sources told the Mirror a relatively small number of people gathered for drinks in No10’s ’round table room’ to mark two top aides’ departure.

Fines issued? not so far

December 17, 2020: Boozy leaving do for official who wrote the Covid rules

Kate Josephs, former Director General of the Covid Taskforce, was given a boozy send off by officials at the Cabinet Office – despite London being placed into Tier 3 the day before.

Bars, pubs and restaurants were forced to close but staff enjoyed a get-together “with drinks” to mark her departure from Whitehall.

Ms Josephs, who went to work for Sheffield City Council issued a public apology earlier this year after details of the farewell bash emerged.

Fines issued? And it is

December 17, 2020: Christmas quiz in civil service chief’s office

Civil service boss Simon Case was initially asked to investigate the Partygate scandal but he stepped aside after it emerged an event had taken place in his own office.

The probe was taken over by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

An online quiz was reportedly held for members of his private office, with around 15 guests attending.

Fines issued? not so far

December 17, 2020: No10 leaving do

Boris Johnson gave a speech at an event to mark defense aid Captain Steve Higham’s Downing Street departure before Christmas.

It is understood the PM was “there for a few minutes to thank him for his service” as a “small number of No10 staff briefly said goodbye”.

Fines issued? not so far

December 18, 2020: Downing Street Christmas party

The raucous Christmas party, first revealed by the Mirror, was said to have been attended by 40 of the Prime Minister’s top team.

Downing Street dodged questions for a week before bombshell video emerged of staff joking about it.

Officials knocked back glasses of wine and held a Secret Santa while the rest of the country was forced to stay at home.

According to later reports, people made speeches and stayed until 2am, with Boris Johnson not present but working a few rooms away in his office.

“It was a Covid nightmare,” one source told the Mirror.

Mr Johnson claimed in the Commons that all guidance was followed, but a video emerged of a mock press conference in which press secretary Allegra Stratton joked about the knees-up and the lack of social distancing. She later resigned.

Fines issued? not so far

January 14, 2021: Prosecco-fueled bash for departing No10 officials

Sue Gray first revealed that a gathering was held in Downing Street during the third lockdown to mark the departure of two private secretaries.

The prosecco-fueled event was said to have included a speech by Boris Johnson, who attended briefly.

Fines issued? not so far

April 16, 2021: Two boozy leaving dos on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

Leaving events for No10 comms chief James Slack and a photographer took place and later merged on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

Despite the Union flag flying at half mast at Buckingham Palace, Downing Street staff filled a suitcase with wine from a local Co-op and staff reportedly broke a swing belonging to the PM’s baby son Wilf.

Downing Street apologized to Buckingham Palace after news of the lockdown parties triggered widespread public anger.

Fines issued? And it is

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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