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Thursday 28 September 2023 Dublin: 13°C
Alamy Stock Photo British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
# Downing Street
UK police send Boris Johnson legal questionnaire in No 10 'partygate' probe
Downing Street said the Prime Minister will ‘respond as required’.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has received a legal questionnaire from police investigating claims of lockdown-breaking parties in his Downing Street office, his spokesperson has said. 

“We can confirm the Prime Minister has received a questionnaire from the Metropolitan Police. He will respond as required,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

The “partygate” scandal has placed Johnson in political jeopardy with several MPs from his Conservative party publicly calling for his resignation, although he denies any wrongdoing.

Police confirmed on Wednesday that they would be sending “formal questionnaires to more than 50 people” by the end of the week to ask about their activities on the dates of at least 12 gatherings in Downing Street over 2020 and 2021.

The document “has formal legal status and must be answered truthfully” within seven days, the police noted.

Johnson faces a fine unless he can give credible reasons as to why he was at events held during coronavirus restrictions.

British ex-premier John Major yesterday accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of breaking Covid laws and fostering public “contempt” for politics.

Major is the second of Johnson’s Conservative predecessors in the post to criticise him over the revelations.

Last week, Theresa May told parliament a civil servant’s report into the events showed that Downing Street “was not observing the regulations they had imposed on members of the public”.

She asked Johnson to clarify whether he “had not read the rules or didn’t understand what they meant… or they didn’t think the rules applied to Number 10″.

© AFP 2022

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