Partygate: First £50 fines handed out by Met police to Downing Street officials 4 months ago

Partygate: First £50 fines handed out by Met police to Downing Street officials

A meagre £50 penance has reportedly been issued

Police have begun issuing the 20 fines to officials for breaching lockdown and attending parties at Downing Street during the pandemic.

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According to ITV's Robert Peston, officials who attended a leaving party on 18 June 2020 for No 10 civil servant Hannah Young, have received £50 fines via email.

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan police said they were issuing 20 fines, but would not reveal which of the parties it is investigating they relate to.

Of the twelve events currently under investigation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is thought to have been present at six of them.

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As recently as December, Johnson has denied that he or his staff had broken lockdown guidance on the Downing Street estate.

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