Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be fined by the police for attending parties during lockdown. The fixed penalty notice sent to the Prime Minister and Mr Sunak is part of fines sent to government staff who attended parties in Whitehall when COVID restrictions were in place during 2020 and 2021. It means Mr Johnson is the first serving Prime Minister to have been found to have broken the law while in Downing Street.
Carrie Johnson has also received a fixed penalty notice and fine for breaking the Covid-19 laws. A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s wife has today said: ‘In the interests of transparency, Mrs Johnson can confirm she has been notified that she will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). She has not yet received any further details about the nature of the FPN.’
The Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) issued to Boris Johnson relates to a gathering held in Number 10 Downing Street on 19 June 2020 – the PM’s birthday.
A Number 10 spokesman said: “The Met Police have now explained that the FPN issued to the PM will be in relation to the following incident: On 19th June 2020 at the Cabinet Room 10 Downing Street between 1400 and 1500 you participated in a gathering of two or more people indoors in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that he has received this FPN from the Metropolitan Police in relation to an “event in Downing Street on the 19 June 2020”. “Let me say immediately that I’ve paid the fine and I once again offer a full apology,” he said. The PM added that in ‘the spirit of openness and humility’ he wanted to be ‘completely clear’ about what happened on that day.
Police have investigated 12 events in both Downing Street and Whitehall.
Sir Keir Starmer has Tweeted: ‘Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have both broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public. They must both resign.’