Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to receive fines over lockdown parties

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be fined by UK police for breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules, the British government said, reigniting a long-running scandal.

London’s Metropolitan Police has been probing allegations that multiple social events were held in government offices during the Covid-19 pandemic at times when ordinary Britons were ordered to avoid or reduce socialising.

The police on 12 April said they had so far issued 50 fines for breaches of pandemic restrictions.

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A government report earlier this year said that numerous parties were held in Downing Street during lockdowns. The partly redacted report, compiled by senior civil servant Sue Gray, was shared with the British police, who said in January that they were also probing the matter and would determine whether Johnson or other Downing Street officials broke the law.

It couldn’t be determined when the police investigation will conclude. Breaches of lockdown restrictions can result in fines ranging from £100 to £3,200, equivalent to $130 to $4,200.

Labour leader Keir Starmer said 12 April that Johnson and Sunak should resign. They “have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public,” he said.

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Downing Street has already said several parties were held during lockdowns, for which Johnson has apologised and said that he thought at least one of the gatherings he attended, a drinks party in May 2020, was a work event.

Write to Max Colchester at [email protected]

This article was published by Dow Jones Newswires

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