In the first update in a month, detectives working on the Operation Hillman probe into boozy gatherings in the corridors of power have doubled the number of fixed-penalty notices (FPNs) issued.
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Downing Street branded ‘the most lawbreaking workplace in Britain’ as police reveal more than ONE HUNDRED Partygate fines have now been handed out for Covid offences – but Boris Johnson avoids another one

  • Met Police made first update since April, revealing more than 100 fines issued
  • Previous update said there had been 50 fines for officials and politicians
  • Downing Street indicated that Boris Johnson has not received a new fine 

More than 100 fines have been dished out to people working in Downing Street for Partygate breaches of Covid laws, Scotland Yard revealed today. 

In the first update in a month, detectives working on the Operation Hillman probe into boozy gatherings in the corridors of power have doubled the number of fixed-penalty notices (FPNs) issued.

The last update, which took place before the local election campaign period, said there had been 50 fines for officials and politicians.

Downing Street indicated that Boris Johnson has not received a new fine. He previously paid a £50 FPN for attending his birthday Party in June 2020 which indoor gatherings were against the law. 

Labour MP Chris Bryant dubbed Downing Street ‘the most lawbreaking workplace in Britain by a country mile’ in light of the new fines.

In the first update in a month, detectives working on the Operation Hillman probe into boozy gatherings in the corridors of power have doubled the number of fixed-penalty notices (FPNs) issued.

In the first update in a month, detectives working on the Operation Hillman probe into boozy gatherings in the corridors of power have doubled the number of fixed-penalty notices (FPNs) issued.

Downing Street indicated that Boris Johnson (pictured today in Stoke with MP Jonathan Gullis) has not received a new fine. He previously paid a £50 FPN for attending his birthday Party in June 2020 which indoor gatherings were against the law.

Downing Street indicated that Boris Johnson (pictured today in Stoke with MP Jonathan Gullis) has not received a new fine. He previously paid a £50 FPN for attending his birthday Party in June 2020 which indoor gatherings were against the law. 

Cabinet Secretary Simon Case (pictured today in Stoke) is also not believed to have been fined by police

Cabinet Secretary Simon Case (pictured today in Stoke) is also not believed to have been fined by police

Some of the latest tranche of fines is reported to relate to a Christmas Party in No10 in December 2020.

Some of the latest tranche of fines is reported to relate to a Christmas Party in No10 in December 2020.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘As of Thursday 12 May, Operation Hillman, the investigation into breaches of COVID-19 regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street, has made more than 100 referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to the ACRO Criminal Records Office.

‘These referrals have continued to be made throughout the period since our last update on Tuesday 12 April and the investigation remains live.’

Some of the latest tranche of fines is reported to relate to  a Christmas Party in No10 in December 2020.

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said Downing Street had ‘racked up the dubious distinction of receiving more fines on the Prime Minister’s watch than any other location’.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: ‘Boris Johnson stood up in Parliament and said Covid rules were followed in Number 10 at all times.

‘Now 100 fines have been issued by the police over partygate. It shows the shocking scale of the law-breaking in Johnson’s Downing Street and the extent of his lies.’

Mr Johnson’s official spokesman confirmed following the Met’s update that neither the PM nor Cabinet Secretary Simon Case were among those fined in the latest tranche.

‘With regards to the Cabinet Secretary and the Prime Minister, I don’t have any update … the position (is) we will update you if that were to change,’ he said.

Pressed on whether it was his understanding that the PM and Mr Case were not among those hit with the most recent set of penalties, the spokesman said: ‘That’s correct, yeah.’

He added: ‘You’ll know that the Prime Minister has on a number of occasions apologised and made clear that there were things we simply did not get right, and that he is sorry for how this matter has been handled.

‘Obviously that remains the case. And like I say, he will have more to say at the conclusion … and when the Sue Gray report is published.’

The Prime Minister said he was ‘sure we’ll have plenty to say about that when the thing’s finished’ when asked about the extent of law-breaking in Downing Street as he arrived for a Cabinet meeting in Staffordshire on Thursday.

Ministers dodged questions on whether they still had faith in the PM when asked about the latest development at the same event.

Home Secretary Priti Patel failed to say whether or not she still supported Mr Johnson, while Health Secretary Sajid Javid also chose not to answer when asked why the PM would not resign, despite Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s promise to do so if he is handed a fixed penalty notice.

Brexit opportunities minister Jacob Rees-Mogg made clear his continued backing of the Prime Minister, saying he ‘deserves’ his support.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi also said they still had faith in their leader when asked about the fines as they attended the Staffordshire meeting.

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