Police probing alleged lockdown breaches at Downing Street
The Straits Times|January 26, 2022
British PM welcomes inquiry amid claims he and his staff broke rules they set for country

LONDON British police will investigate alleged lockdown breaches at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street residence after receiving evidence from an internal government probe into a series of such gatherings.

 

Mr Johnson yesterday welcomed the Metropolitan Police probe into the alleged lockdown parties, and said it would help to draw a line under the issue.

An internal investigation is being carried out by a senior civil servant, and the findings have been shared with the police, “so I welcome the Met’s decision to conduct its own investigation because I believe this will help to give the public the clarity it needs and help to draw a line under matters”, he told Parliament.

Mr Johnson, who in 2019 won the biggest Conservative majority in more than 30 years, is fighting for his political survival after a stream of leaks revealed that his staff held parties in 2020, during the toughest peacetime rules imposed in Britain.

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