Shameless Boris Johnson refuses to resign as he breaks silence on Partygate fine

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Boris Johnson has addressed his involvement in the "Partygate" inquiry which has seen him penalised for breaching coronavirus rules.

It comes after No 10 announced that the prime minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were issued fines in response to boozy lockdown parties.

Dozens of fines have been handed to government staff who attended events in Downing Street and Whitehall while restrictions were in place in 2020 and 2021.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that he has paid the fine and said "I fully respect the outcome of the investigation."

He said: "Today I've received a fixed penalty notice from the Metropolitan police relating to a Downing Street Event on 19 June 2020.

"Let me say immediately, I have paid the fine and want to offer a full apology."

Speaking about the events of that day, he added: "There was a brief gathering in the Cabinet Room shortly after 2pm, lasting less than 10 minutes, during which people I worked with passed on their good wishes.

"At that time it did not occur to me this might have been a breach of the rules.

"The police have found otherwise and I fully respect the outcome of their investigation."

A No 10 spokeswoman said earlier today (March 12): "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."

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Boris Johnson's wife Carrie Johnson has also been slapped with a fixed penalty notice in the wake of the bombshell inquiry.

She has previously denied claims that she had held parties in her Downing Street flat and said it was “total nonsense”.

A spokesperson for Mrs Johnson said: “Mrs Johnson has paid a fixed penalty notice relating to a gathering on the afternoon of 19 June 2020. Whilst she believed that she was acting in accordance with the rules at the time, Mrs Johnson accepts the Metropolitan Police’s findings and apologises unreservedly.”

It is understood Mrs Johnson briefly attended the Cabinet Room with her newborn baby in her arms during her husband’s lunch break alongside some socially distanced staff and that because the fixed penalty notice was settled within 14 days, it was a reduced rate of £50.

The sanctions follow reports that at least a dozen parties took place while Covid restrictions were imposed – including a gathering in the cabinet room for the Prime minister's birthday in June 2020, which was also attended by Sunak.

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Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "The investigation into allegations of breaches of Covid-19 regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street continues to progress.

"As of Tuesday, 12 April 2022, we have made over 50 referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPN) to the ACRO Criminal Records Office for breaches of Covid-19 regulations who, following the referral, issue the FPNs to the individual.

"We are making every effort to progress this investigation at speed, this includes continuing to assess significant amounts of investigative material from which further referrals may be made to ACRO".

Once a fine has been issued, Johnson and Sunak can choose to either pay within 28 days or challenge the police decision.

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