Downing Street parties will be investigated by UK Police

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced pressure over allegations that parties took place in Downing Street during the lockdown.


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LONDON — British police on Tuesday announced an investigation into the parties that took place in Downing Street during lockdownput pressure on the Prime Minister

Boris Johnsonwhose popularity has plummeted following the revelations.

Mr Johnson said he attended an event that was billed as a “bring your own booze” gathering in the Downing Street garden, at a time when lockdown rules dictated that Britons could only meet a person outdoors. The prime minister apologized and said he thought it was a business event.

The government has also acknowledged that staff members threw a party on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in spring 2021. At that time, only a few dozen mourners were allowed to attend according to regulations. ban.

During a session of Parliament, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized for attending a Downing Street party in 2020 while strict Covid-19 lockdown measures were in place. Johnson said he believes it is a “business event”. Photo: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Tuesday there was evidence that people who attended parties during the lockdown “knew, or should have known, what they were doing was an offence. sin.”

The police investigation is looking into a number of events that took place over the past two years related to violations of Covid-19 regulations, she said.

Downing Street did not immediately comment.

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