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Twenty fixed penalty notices to be issued for Downing Street lockdown partygate scandal

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Twenty fixed penalty notices to be issued for Downing Street lockdown partygate scandal

The police have been investigating 12 events that may have breached coronavirus lockdown rules, including at least three attended by Boris Johnson.

The police will not be saying who is fined or confirming which events the fixed penalty notices relate to.

However, Downing Street has said it would say if the prime minister is among the recipients.

The police say there is still a “significant amount” of material to be assessed and that more fines could come in the future.

In a statement they said: “We are making every effort to progress this investigation at speed and have completed a number of assessments.”

As part of their inquiries, they have sent out over 100 questionnaires to ask about people’s participation in the events.

Reports of gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall during the lockdown prompted public anger and several Conservative MPs called for the prime minister to resign.

Mr Johnson had first insisted that “guidelines were followed at all times”. Then later he apologised for attending a drinks party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, and insisted that he believed it was a work event.

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