Police ends ‘Partygate’ investigation without new fines for Johnson

If the police side of the case that has been chasing him for months has now put him to an end, then Boris Johnson is far from getting rid of it. He will soon face the high-risk publication of an internal report and is under parliamentary scrutiny.

Shortly after London Police announced on Thursday the conclusion of the investigation, a spokesman for Boris Johnson said it had “confirmed that it was not taking any further action against him”.

The 126 fines correspond to eight different dates, from May 20, 2020 to April 16, 2021, following an investigation in which the police examined 345 documents, 510 photographs and CCTV images and examined 204 questionnaires.

Police said in a statement that some of those sanctioned have received more than one fine.

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The completion of the police investigation would also allow publication of the full report of Sue Grey, the senior civil servant in charge of the internal investigation into the matter.

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Partygate: Boris Johnson is facing a scandal that is here to stay

Despite being fined for birthday drinks in violation of anti-Covid restrictions, Boris Johnson thinks he can stay in the job for the short term. But the partygate crisis is not over for the British prime minister, who is exposed to other sanctions and permanently weakened in public opinion.

A preliminary report, which revised all details to not interfere with the police investigation, condemned “errors of leadership and judgment”. Thus he gave a glimpse of the appreciation of what was at stake behind the walls of Downing Street, as opposed to the sacrifices made by the British to fight against the pandemic.

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