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British police announced on Tuesday that they were investigating several parties held in Downing Street and within senior administrations during various prison terms during the COVID-19 pandemic. The events are at the core of a serious crisis for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson in the hot seat of the British Police. The Metropolitan Police in London announced on Tuesday 25 January that they were investigating a number of parties and receptions held at 10 Downing Street, the seat of the British government, and various confinements within the senior administration against the Covid-19 pandemic. who threw it British Prime Minister in a serious political crisis.
The Metropolitan Police of London (“the Met”) was criticized for being slow to react to revelations that “garden parties”, farewell parties or birthday parties were held at the highest levels of power in recent weeks. were, while the British had to limit their contacts excessively to curb cases of Covid-19.
During a hearing in front of elected officials in the capital, its leader Cressida Dick announced that the Met is currently investigating “a number of incidents in Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence and Whitehall, which hosts senior administrations across the street.” “Potential Covid-19 related violation of rules”.
She said several other “incidents” were investigated but were not considered relevant to the criminal investigation. “The fact that we are now investigating, of course, does not mean that fines will be issued in every case and for every person involved,” stressed Cressida Dick.
Another internal check in parallel
Trapped in full imprisonment for a series of parties in Downing Street, 57-year-old Boris Johnson is going through his worst crisis since he emerged victorious in power in the summer of 2019.
Targeted by calls for resignation, including from his conservative camp, he has currently referred this question to the publication of an internal investigation led by senior civil servant Sue Grey, which is expected in the coming days.
This investigation is “ongoing” and contact has been made with the police, the Cabinet Office, the inter-ministerial agency overseeing these investigations, said in a press release.
Latest revelation to date: Monday evening, the ITV television channel claimed that Boris Johnson celebrated his birthday in the presence of relatives and associates during the first confinement on the afternoon of June 19, 2020, when such gatherings were banned was given.
It is said to have been attended by 30 people, including interior designer Lulu Little, who was tasked with an expensive renovation of Boris Johnson’s controversially funded Downing Street apartment.
According to a Downing Street spokesman, Boris Johnson would have attended the gathering of his aides “in less than ten minutes”.
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