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Boris Johnson condemns fresh ‘Partygate’ claims, says it is unacceptable



Boris Johson has blasted the new Partygate charges erupting from the government ministry concerning his rowdy behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic, when it was believed he held a party; this allegation was an instrument used to force him out of his position as prime minister.

The 58-year-old former prime minister resigned last summer after a mutiny within his governing party accused him of lockdown violations, violating pandemic-era rules by throwing a party in Downing Street, and other issues that he has denied in parliament.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that a government ministry had sent two police units information regarding possible infractions of pandemic laws.

But the Met issued fines to dozens of aides after a criminal probe, and Johnson became the first serving UK prime minister found to have broken the law, over one of the gatherings.

London’s Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is “assessing” new information it received over the last week related to “potential breaches” of the coronavirus rules in Downing Street between June 2020 and May 2021.

The information was passed on by the Cabinet Office, the government department responsible for supporting prime ministers and ensuring the effective running of government.

The ministry is currently preparing a public inquiry into the country’s pandemic response.


Johnson is also still being investigated by parliament’s Privileges Committee over whether he lied to MPs about “Partygate”, in a process that could ultimately trigger his removal as a lawmaker.

A statement issued by Johnson’s office, however, said his lawyers had written to police to “explain in detail why the Cabinet Office is entirely wrong in its assertions”.

“No contact was made with Mr Johnson before these incorrect allegations were made both to the police and to the Privileges Committee. This is both bizarre and unacceptable.

“For whatever political purpose, it is plain that a last-ditch attempt is being made to lengthen the Privileges Committee investigation as it was coming to a conclusion and to undermine Mr Johnson.”

The statement described the events in question as “entirely within the rules either because they were held outdoors or came within another lawful exception. They include regular meetings with civil servants and advisers”.

Justice Secretary Alex Chalk said on Tuesday there had been no ministerial involvement in the passing on of the new alleged breaches.

“Material came to light which was passed to the civil service. The civil service considered that in accordance with their code, and with no ministerial intervention,” Chalk told LBC radio.

“Ultimately, whether it was the right judgement to do it turns on what’s in those documents. And I’ve not seen those documents,” he added.


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