Partygate: London police have issued over 100 fines in the Downing Street investigation

London Metropolitan Police say they have issued more than 100 fines for violating COVID regulations in UK government offices.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted last month that he was among dozens of people who were fined for attending block-breaking parties and rallies.

He became the first British leader to be sanctioned for breaking the law while in office.

Investigations found that senior government officials illegally gathered in government buildings in 2020 and 2021 when millions of people in the country were told to restrict their lives to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The so-called “partygate” revelations angered voters and triggered calls for Johnson to resign.

Johnson apologized for attending his surprise birthday party at 10 Downing Street in June 2020. But he insisted it “didn’t occur to him” that the rally – which he said lasted less than 10 minutes. – it was a party.

Johnson’s wife Carrie and British Chancellor Rishi Sunak also said they were fined for attending the same event.

Last month, police said they issued about 50 such fines as a result of the investigation, but the number of fixed penalty notices has now doubled.

Metropolitan police said investigations are continuing on a dozen rallies, including alleged “drink-brought” office parties and “wine hour Fridays” that were organized by Johnson’s staff.

A senior public official, Sue Gray, is conducting a separate investigation into government parties.

In a partial report on the rallies, Gray said that “leadership and judgment failures” in the Johnson government had allowed events to occur that should not have happened.

Meanwhile, opposition Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer is also under Investigation after he was photographed drinking with colleagues while working in April 2021.

Starmer insisted no rules were broken, but said he would resign if police issued a fine.