On Thursday, London police announced about 50 additional fines as part of their investigation into parties held in British power circles during 2020 and 2021, bringing the total number to more than 100.
It did not appear, for now, that the new sanctions include Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carey and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, who were already fined in April for attending a party to mark the prime minister’s 56th birthday in a room. Cabinet in June 2020.
Scotland Yard announced Thursday that it has issued a total of “more than 100” fines for breaching anti-Covid laws as part of this ongoing investigation.
Johnson, whose presence in the press has been noted in as many as six of the 12 events investigated, apologized “unreservedly” in Parliament after being fined last month, but failed to persuade the opposition that had called for his resignation.
The Conservative leader said it “didn’t think at the time, nor later” that attending his short birthday celebration “could be a violation of the rules”.
Published in the press several allegedly illegal parties held in Downing Street or other government offices, when the residents saw that their social interactions were limited by law, shocked the British.
The scandal plunged Johnson’s popularity and his Conservative party suffered a severe setback in local elections in early May, amid hyperinflation and cost-of-living crises that fueled anger over the “party”.
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