Over 100 questionnaires sent out in partygate investigation

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Over 100 questionnaires were sent out in partygate investigation

The Metropolitan Police has sent out over 100 questionnaires in a continuation of its investigation.

They have continued to investigate parties that took place in Downing Street while Covid restrictions were in place.

The force said it had now begun interviewing witnesses.

According to reports, they may need to contact more over the gatherings.

The Met launched its investigation in January after reports about lockdown parties across Whitehall.

It is formally investigating 12 events, including three the PM attended.

Boris Johnson has refused to say whether he was at another alleged event.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, called on the prime minister “come clean”.

He added: “No more fluff, just the facts for all those who suffered during lockdown while he partied.

Sue Gray said there had been “failures of leadership and judgement” over the parties.

She has pledged to update her report after the police finish their investigation.

In a statement on Monday, the Met said detectives from the Operation Hillman investigation team had started interviewing “key witnesses”.

The force added: “To date, over 100 questionnaires have been sent out asking the recipients about their participation in alleged gatherings.

“The questionnaires provide recipients with the opportunity to give an account of their involvement and the responses form part of the investigative material for the operation.”

All recipients were given seven days to respond.

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