Boris Johnson, Finance Minister Sunak fined for Covid lockdown breaches

Boris Johnson, Finance Minister Sunak fined for Covid lockdown breaches

 

 

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak are set to be fined by police for breaching Covid-19 lockdown rules, the government said Tuesday; reigniting calls for the embattled government ministers to resign.

 

Johnson and Sunak “have today received notification that the Metropolitan Police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices;” a spokesperson at Downing Street said in a statement.

 

“We have no further details; but we will update you again when we do,” they added.

 

Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer called for the two Conservative Party lawmakers to resign; saying they had both repeatedly lied to the public.

 

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon echoed this sentiment. “Boris Johnson must resign.

 

He broke the law and repeatedly lied to parliament about it. The basic values of integrity and decency — essential to the proper working of any parliamentary democracy — demand that he go,” Sturgeon said. “And he should take his out of touch chancellor with him.”

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Carrie Johnson, the prime minister’s partner, has also been notified that she is to receive a fine for Covid lockdown breaches, her spokesperson said, according to Sky News.

 

The Metropolitan Police said earlier on Tuesday; that they had made an additional 30 referrals to a previous 20 fixed-penalty notices as part of an investigation into illegal gatherings at the prime minister’s office and residence.

 

The Met had been investigating 12 gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall alleged to have broken Covid lockdown rules.

 

Johnson has so far resisted calls to resign over the “partygate” scandal; despite sustained public anger.

 

 

Party over?

Johnson’s leadership has been under immense pressure following a series of allegations that government staff; including Johnson at times, had attended multiple parties and gatherings; at a time of strict public health measures to curb the spread of Covid.

 

One gathering, in particular, snared Johnson as it was held in May 2020 at the height of the first lockdown; when the general public was only allowed to meet one other person from outside of their household, in an outdoor setting.

 

Johnson admitted to Parliament in January that he attended the party;— billed as a “bring your own booze” gathering in Downing Street’s garden to which around 100 people were reportedly invited.

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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