London police: more than 100 fines handed out in UK ‘party gate’ probe

LONDON (AP) – The number of fines handed out for coronavirus rule violations at UK government offices, including Prime Minister…

LONDON (AP) – The number of fines handed out for violations of coronavirus regulations in UK government offices, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s residence, has risen to more than 100, London’s Metropolitan Police said on Thursday.

Johnson admitted last month that he was one of dozens of people who paid a police fine for attending parties and gatherings that violated the lockdown, making him the first British leader to be sanctioned for breaking the law while in office .

Revelations that Johnson and other senior officials illegally gathered in government offices in 2020 and 2021 — when millions in the country were told to limit their lives to slow the spread of COVID-19 — have angered voters and sparked calls to Johnson to resign.

Johnson apologized for attending his own surprise birthday party on 10 Downing St. in June 2020, but insisted it “didn’t occur to him” that the gathering was a celebration.

Johnson’s wife, Carrie, and Treasury chief Rishi Sunak also said they were fined for attending the same event.

Police’s update doubled the number of fines issued so far over the scandal dubbed ‘party gate’. Last month, police said it had handed out about 50 such fines in response to the investigation.

Police cannot identify the recipients of the fines.

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