Angela Rayner criticizes Boris Johnson as police hand out 50 more Partygate fines…
- Angela Rayner is reportedly under investigation for violating lockdown rules
- More than 100 fines have now been handed out in Whitehall, Scotland Yard said
- Like Sir Keir Starmer, she has pledged to resign if she is fined for the meeting
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie did not receive new sentences
Angela Rayner attacked the prime minister yesterday over ‘Partygate’ fines – despite her being under investigation for allegedly violating lockdown rules.
Scotland Yard announced that fines for illegal gatherings in Whitehall had doubled to more than 100, although there were no new sentences for Boris Johnson or his wife Carrie.
Sir Keir Starmer and Mrs Rayner, his deputy, have both promised to resign if Durham Police fine them for the police ‘Beergate’ investigation into a meeting at Durham Miners Hall on April 30 last year.
Despite investigating her own actions, Ms Rayner said: ‘Boris Johnson’s Downing Street has now reached a century of fixed fines for their parties.
“They have made the dubious distinction that they have received more fines on Prime Minister’s watch than any other location.
The Shadow Chancellor risks fines for a meeting, as does Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer
Labor has turned down an election drink after Sir Keir Starmer had a beer in April 2021 after a day on the campaign trail
Boris Johnson made the rules and then broke them on a record-breaking scale.
‘Britain deserves better.’
Johnson has already admitted he was fined for his birthday gathering in Downing Street in June 2020, and promised to make any additional fines public.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Carrie Johnson were both fined for the event when Mr Johnson was allegedly surprised with a cake.
The police investigation into a dozen meetings continues, without specifying when it will come to a conclusion.
Senior official Sue Gray will not publish her report to the parties until all police fines have been handed out – despite the fact that Scotland Yard is unlikely to conduct further interrogations.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fined for his birthday gathering in Downing Street in June 2020 but has not been fined since then
The police requested that the report not be published while the investigation was still ongoing to avoid tampering with the evidence of those interviewed.
The interviews are believed to have been completed, but the Metropolitan Police will not formally confirm that no more will take place if new evidence is presented.
Scotland Yard said yesterday: ‘Since May 12, Operation Hillman, the investigation into Covid-19 breaches in Whitehall and Downing Street, has made over 100 referrals for notices of fixed fines.
“These referrals have continued since our last update on April 12, and the investigation remains live.”
The Prime Minister’s spokesman confirmed that Johnson had not been fined again.
He said: “You will know that the Prime Minister has apologized on a number of occasions and made it clear that there were things that we simply did not do right, and that he regrets the way this matter has been handled.
‘Of course it will stay that way. He’ll have more to say at the end . . . and when the Sue Gray report is published.”
Source: New feed