London’s Metropolitan Police force says the number of fines issued over breaches of coronavirus regulations at British government offices has expanded to more than 100
May 12, 2022, 12:43 PM
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Johnson admitted last month that he was among dozens of people who paid a police fine for attending lockdown-breaching parties and gatherings, making him the first British leader to be sanctioned for breaking the law while in office.
Revelations that Johnson and other senior officials gathered illegally in government buildings in 2020 and 2021 – when millions in the country were told to restrict their lives to slow the spread of COVID-19 – has angered voters and triggered calls for Johnson to resign.
Johnson’s wife, Carrie, and Treasury chief Rishi Sunak also said they were fined for attending the same event.
The Metropolitan Police said investigations were continuing into a dozen gatherings, which reportedly included “bring your own booze” office parties and “wine time Fridays” organized by Johnson’s staff.
Police do not identify the recipients of the fines. Johnson’s spokesperson said Thursday the prime minister was not among the individuals cited in the latest round of penalty notices.
A senior civil servant, Sue Gray, is conducting a separate investigation of the government parties. In a partial report on gatherings that are not the subject of criminal investigations by police, Gray said “failures of leadership and judgment” in Johnson’s government allowed events to occur that should not have happened.
More than 176,000 people have died in Britain after testing positive for the coronavirus, the highest toll in Europe after Russia.