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London police investigate Downing Street lockdown parties

LONDON – London police said on Tuesday they were investigating Downing Street parties during the lockdown, putting further pressure on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed an investigation was underway in a statement to the London Assembly. Dick said Scotland Yard was currently investigating “a number of occurrences” at Downing Street.

Johnson’s government has come under fire for allegedly holding events for months in which the nation was in lockdown due to COVID-19.

“The fact that we are currently investigating does not, of course, mean that fixed penalty notices will necessarily be issued in all cases and to every person involved,” Dick said. “We will not comment routinely on our ongoing investigations.”

In the latest claim, ITV News reported that Johnson attended a birthday party at his Downing Street office and later hosted friends at his upstairs flat in June 2020. His office denied it, saying that “in accordance with the rules at the time, the Prime Minister welcomed a small number of his family members outside that evening.

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The ‘partygate’ allegations have infuriated many in Britain, who have been banned from meeting friends and family for months in 2020 and 2021 to curb the spread of COVID-19. They are under investigation by a senior official, Sue Graywhose report, expected this week, will be a pivotal moment for the Prime Minister.

It was unclear what events the police were investigating.

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