Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told the London Legislature’s Police and Crime Commission on Tuesday that authorities were investigating possible crimes following information from a panel investigating several alleged parties.
“Firstly as a result of the information provided by the Cabinet Office Inquiry Committee and secondly by my own assessment of the officers, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of incidents in Downing Street and Whitehall over the past two years.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has been under intense pressure over summer garden parties and Christmas gatherings on Downing Street, while other parts of the country have been under strict Govt restrictions.
The latest revelation came to light on Monday when Downing Street spokesman Johnson said he celebrated his birthday in June 2020 at a meeting at his official residence.
Under the Govt-19 restrictions at that time, indoor meetings were not allowed and people were only allowed to meet outside in groups of up to six people.
The announcement of Dick’s trial is the latest in a series of weekly scandals that have seen Johnson’s approval ratings plummet and growing dissatisfaction among some within his ruling Conservative party.
The Metropolitan Police was criticized for not initially investigating violations of the Govt laws. Defending the impartiality of the force on Tuesday, Dick said, “We are guarding without fear or favor. We are guarding impartially and policing in an independent manner based on the process.”
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On Monday, CNN subsidiary ITV announced that two meetings had been held to celebrate Johnson’s birthday: one attended by 30 people at the cabinet office on June 19, and the other was held at Johnson’s home that evening with family members. Friends.
According to ITV News, Johnson’s wife, Gary, arranged a small meeting in the cabinet room. A source who worked in Downing Street at the time confirmed to CNN that the meeting had taken place that day and that Gary had arranged for the lead to sing a birthday greeting song.
CNN understands that those who were considered Johnson’s insiders at the time attended the meeting in large numbers.
Downing Street denied that any of the rules had been violated during the evening meeting, and a spokesman said: “This is completely untrue. In accordance with the rules at the time, the Prime Minister invited a small number of family members outside that evening.”
The prime minister’s allies defended him after the story broke on Monday.
“So, if people in the office bought a cake in the afternoon for someone else they work with in the office and stopped for ten minutes to sing birthday greetings and went back to their desks, it’s now called dinner.?” UK Culture Secretary Nadine Doris asked on Twitter on Monday.
Environment Secretary George Eustis told Sky News: “I had 10 minutes to share a cake.
But there is anger over these allegations.
The report on meetings and parties, due out this week, may be the final straw for Johnson’s increasingly rebellious party.
Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford, from the opposition Labor Party, told the BBC on Tuesday that “I do not think the Prime Minister has the moral authority to lead a country like the United Kingdom.”
He explained that some of the hardest letters he had received about the epidemic were “told to attend a funeral where there could be only eight people; it did not last 10 minutes; where you were not.” Can sing. It’s a very difficult experience to be able to sing in Wales without a funeral. “
Drakeford added, “You can’t be someone who asks others to do difficult, sad things.[are] You don’t want to do it yourself, “he told Johnson.
The deputy leader of the Labor Party in a statement welcomed the police investigation.
“Millions of people are struggling to pay their bills, but Boris Johnson and his government are so corrupt that they can do nothing about it,” said Angela Rainer.
“Boris Johnson is a national distraction. Conservative MPs must stop blocking him and finally he must do something decent and resign,” he added.
The Prime Minister has given inconclusive answers to the questions asked by many parties. At first he said no. As soon as the undeniable evidence came out, he denied that he knew about the meetings. When his photo was released at such an event, he stressed that he did not realize that the crowd was a party, adding that “he implicitly believes that this is a work event”.
Johnson was forced to apologize to Queen Johnson after it was revealed that a party had been held on Downing Street the night before Prince Philip’s funeral. Due to Govt-19 restrictions, the Queen was forced to mourn her husband alone in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
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