Police want to investigate Boris Johnson for violations of corona rules

So The internal report on “Partygate” should be published as soon as possible, but the demands on investigator Sue Gray are increasing almost daily – and now a police investigation is getting in the way. British Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced on Tuesday that Scotland Yard was also investigating “a number of incidents” in the government district and investigating “possible violations of Covid 19 rules”. It is likely that Gray’s report will not be released pending a police investigation.

Since late Monday evening, Boris Johnson has had to justify another celebration that apparently violated applicable guidelines. TV channel ITV had reported that the Prime Minister was congratulated on his birthday with a cake and serenade in the Cabinet Room in June 2020. More than thirty people are said to have attended, including his wife Carrie and interior designer Lulu Lytle, who was renovating the Johnsons’ private home (at the expense of a party donor) at the same time.

A Downing Street spokesman confirmed that Johnson received a cake. However, he had been in the room for less than ten minutes, and the employees had only gathered briefly. More details are being determined by Gray and will be made public soon, it said. Supporters of the prime minister tried on Monday to downplay the illegality of the gathering – in June 2020, only up to six people were allowed to gather outside of work meetings in the fresh air. “He (Johnson) didn’t arrange for anyone to give him a cake,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said. The meeting was “unwise,” but “it was his birthday and these were people he worked with around the clock.”

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Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries tweeted: “So if people in an office one afternoon buy a cake for someone they work with in the office and come over for 10 minutes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and then go back to their desks – is that what you call a party now?”


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