Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to be fined over Downing Street partygate

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been told they will be fined as part of a police probe into allegations of lockdown parties held at Downing Street. A No 10 spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have today received notification that the Metropolitan police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices.

“We have no further details, but we will update you again when we do.” It comes as police investigating allegations of lockdown parties held in Downing Street and Whitehall have now made more than 50 referrals for fines.

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At least 30 more fixed penalty notices will be issued by the ACRO Criminal Records Office, the Metropolitan Police said in its latest update on Operation Hillman, which is looking into breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

More than 50 fines have been issued over partygate probe, Scotland Yard says. This is up from the 20 referrals for fixed-penalty notices (FPN) the force said had been made at the end of March.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on both the Prime Minister and Chancellor to resign. Sir Keir said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public. They must both resign.

“The Conservatives are totally unfit to govern. Britain deserves better.”

Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy joined calls for the Prime Minister and Chancellor to resign.

He tweeted: “Criminality and lies at the heart of government. Led by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak must resign now for breaking the laws they enforced on us all.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also called for Boris Johnson’s resignation. He tweeted: “A Prime Minister who breaks the laws his Government makes and then lies about it isn’t fit for office.

“Families made huge sacrifices and obeyed the law. Many said their last goodbyes to loved ones on the phone while the Prime Minister partied. Boris Johnson must resign.”