Police met will reveal number of government officials fined for No 10 parties


Scotland Yard will reveal the number of government workers fined for attending anti-lockdown parties, officials are said to have been told.

The reasons for each of the decisions will be given by the Metropolitan Police, but the identity of the people who will receive the fixed penalty notices (FPN) will not be revealed, according to The Telegraph.

The newspaper reported seeing a copy of a question and answer sheet sent to government officials caught up in the police investigation that was launched as part of a separate “Partygate” investigation by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

The questionnaire emphasizes that the taxpayer will not pay the fines and that the penalties will be paid by the individuals.

Government staff facing allegations of attending lockdown-breaking parties are being asked to speak to their supervisors if they need time off to deal with their situation, the newspaper reported.

The report adds that the question and answer sheet states: “The MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] The approach during the pandemic has been to confirm the number of FPNs issued at particular events and explain why those FPNs were issued.

Police are expected to reveal how many people, if any, will be fined for attending the 12 events they are investigating, which took place in government buildings as well as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street garden.

In response to allegations of a party being held at his apartment on November 13, 2020, the Prime Minister denied there was a party that day. It has been alleged that his wife Carrie Johnson and his advisers met at the flat after the departure of Dominic Cummings, who was Mr Johnson’s senior adviser.

If Mr Johnson is fined for breaking lockdown rules, it could trigger a bigger push to oust him as Prime Minister after a number of Tory MPs raised concerns, and the one of them even defected to the Labor Party, over the “Partygate” scandal.

Mr Johnson refused to say he would resign if fined and hired a private lawyer to help him answer the police questionnaire given to him last week.

For other events he was pictured at, he insisted they were business rather than social events and should deny any wrongdoing to police.

No 10 said his official response to the Met would remain private.

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