UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson fined for breaking his own COVID rules

London – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office announced on Tuesday that it will be fined for breaching COVID-19[feminine] settlements following allegations of lockdown parties at government offices. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak will also be fined.

The news came after London’s Metropolitan Police announced on Tuesday it was issuing a further 30 fixed penalty notices in relation to the ‘partygate’ scandal, which has angered many Britons and seen dozens of politicians and officials investigated allegations that the government flouted its own pandemic restrictions.

“The Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer were advised today that the Metropolitan Police intended to issue them Fixed Sanctions Notices,” a spokesman for Johnson’s office said. “We don’t have any more details, but we’ll let you know when we do.”

It is unclear how much Johnson and Sunak were fined.

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak's economic update statement, in London
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, right, react to a statement in the House of Commons in London, Britain March 23, 2022.

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Johnson has denied any wrongdoing, but he is believed to have participated in several of the dozens of events at his 10 Downing Street office and other government buildings that are under investigation by police.

Johnson’s government has been rocked by public anger over revelations that his staff held ‘bring your own booze’ office parties, birthday celebrations and ‘wine Fridays’ in 2020 and 2021, while millions of people in Britain were barred from meeting friends and family due to government COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of people have been fined between 60 pounds ($79) and 10,000 pounds ($13,200) by police for social gatherings breaking the rules.

Opponents and some members of the ruling Conservative Party have said Johnson should resign if he is fined for breaking rules he imposed on the rest of the country during the pandemic.

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In total, police said they were issuing at least 50 fines for the infractions, but did not identify the recipients. Police said they sent questionnaires to more than 100 people, including the prime minister, and interviewed witnesses as part of the investigation.

In January, civil servant Sue Gray released a report on some of the gatherings, those that were not the subject of a criminal investigation. She said Johnson’s government’s “failures of leadership and judgment” allowed things to happen that shouldn’t have happened.

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