The PM has avoided receiving a further Covid fine after the Met issued a further 50 fines for breaking Covid rules in its ongoing “partygate” investigation.
The Met has yet to detail in relation to which events the fines have been issued, but the No. 10 has said the prime minister and his wife Carrie Johnson are not among those fined.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said at this afternoon’s press conference: “Regarding the cabinet secretary and the prime minister, I don’t have any updates.
“The position remains the same and we will let you know if that changes.”
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Deputy Labor Leader Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson’s Downing Street has now reached a century of notices of fixed fines for his parties.
“They have amassed the dubious distinction of receiving more fines under the supervision of the Prime Minister than anywhere else.
“Boris Johnson made the rules and then broke them on an unprecedented scale. Britain deserves better.”
Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey had this to say to the news: “Boris Johnson stood up in Parliament and said that the Covid rules were followed at Number 10 at all times.
“Now the police have issued 100 tickets for partygate. It shows the shocking scale of Johnson’s Downing Street lawbreaking and the extent of his lies.”
Dominic Cummings, a former top adviser to Johnson, accused the prime minister of pushing junior staff under the bus, writing:
“Junior staff told PM PPS that they are coordinating with the covid task force to ensure all non-10 events are legal. Junior staff had reasonable expectations of this happening. So how do you get the junior staff fined for 1/14/21 and NOT the PM *who attended* and was responsible for the whole shit show?
“Also, the Conservative MPs haven’t realised: the PM throwing all these junior staff under the bus at the police makes their life a covid investigation nightmare. Today I get a lot of text messages like ‘I can’t WAIT for the appointment, I took a lot of notes’. #DeepState will get revenge on 🛒 in 23 years before the election,” he continued.