No further action against Boris Johnson as police confirm the end of Partygate probe into Covid lockdown gatherings

Police have told Boris Johnson he faces no further action over lockdown breaches, Downing Street has claimed, as the ‘Partygate’ investigation ends with a total of 126 fixed-penalty notices.

By James Harrison
Thursday, 19th May 2022, 12:23 pm

Scotland Yard confirmed today (Thursday, May 19) it had issued fixed-penalty notices (FPNs) for events in Downing Street and across Whitehall spanning eight separate days, with 28 people receiving between two and five fines.

According to the Government, the Prime Minister is “pleased” the investigation had concluded.

Officers are understood to have told Johnson he would not receive a second fine, having received one, along with his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, for the event on his 56th birthday.

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The conclusion of Operation Hillman into reports of lockdown-busting gatherings in Whitehall spanning 11 months paves the way for the publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s inquiry, which has already slammed the Prime Minister over a “failure of leadership” at the heart of government.

It was understood Chancellor Rishi Sunak was also yet to receive another fine, after receiving one for attending the Prime Minister’s gathering in June 2020.

The Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson has also received confirmation she faces no further action.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The Met has confirmed that they are taking no further action with regards to the Prime Minister.”

Despite receiving a fine, Johnson has so far resisted calls to quit Downing Street.

His opposite number on the opposition benches, Labour leader Keir Starmer, however has promised to stand down if he is handed a fixed penalty notice by Durham Constabulary over his own ‘Beergate’ row.