Police to email 50 people regarding Downing Street lockdown parties
The Metropolitan Police continue their Downing Street partygate investigations by emailing over 50 people about the lockdown parties which took place in 2020/21.
Parties at both Downing Street and Whitehall have come to light, as well as a recent image by the Daily Mirror showing Boris Johnson attending a Christmas quiz on Tuesday 15 December 2020.
The emails will be sent to numerous MPs suspected of being at the events and the Prime Minister and his wife are expected to be on the list, the BBC reported.
The emails will reportedly take the form of questionnaires, asking the recipients about twelve lockdown parties and gatherings which took place on eight dates between May 2020 and April 2021, and should be answered within the week.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told BBC Radio 4: “What we should let is wait for the police to do their investigation.
“The prime minister has said he will be full and transparent.
“He will notify [the public] if he is receiving any form of fine.”
Boris Johnson could receive up to £10,000 in fines if the investigations into the lockdown parties prove his guilt, an expert said.
Sue Gray’s initial inquiries revealed “failures of leadership and judgement” over the partygate scandal, details which were passed onto the police.
Several MPs have also called for Boris Johnson to resign, with others submitting letters of no confidence.
The new image, published by the Daily Mirror, revealed Boris Johnson and three aides with a bottle of wine at a Christmas quiz.
According the to the BBC, the Met said it had “previously assessed this event and determined that on the basis of the evidence available at that time, it did not meet the threshold for criminal investigation.
“That assessment is now being reviewed.”
They are currently examining over 500 documents and 300 images in relation to the lockdown parties, but the public is growing frustrated at the amount of information that appears to have initially been brushed under the carpet.
Meanwhile, lawyers for the Labour Party have reportedly written to the Met saying that they have a duty to investigate the Prime Minister regarding the funding for his Downing Street flat refurbishment, the BBC revealed.
They suspect he may have broken anti-bribery laws when asking a Tory donor for the money.
The Met are yet to open an investigation into this.
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