UK’s Johnson admits he paid a police fine for lockdown parties
UK Prime Minister Johnson says he paid a fine from police for attending a lockdown-breaching birthday party in his official residence, making him the first British leader to be sanctioned for breaking the law while in office.
- “I have paid the fine and want to offer a full apology,” he says. “I understand the anger many will feel that I myself fell short when it came to observing the very rules which the government I lead had introduced to protect the public. I accept in all sincerity that people had the right to expect better.”
Downing Street says Johnson is being sanctioned for attending a “gathering of two or more people indoors in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street” on June 19, 2020. The event was a surprise birthday party for the prime minister.
Johnson says the gathering lasted “less than 10 minutes,” and “at that time, it did not occur to me this might have been a breach of the rules.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak are to be fined by police for breaching COVID-19 lockdown rules, the government announced on Tuesday.
Earlier on the same day, police announced that they would be issuing at least another 30 fines for people who attended gatherings in the Prime Minister’s offices and residence at 10 Downing Street, in breach of lockdown rules.
“The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have today received notification that the Metropolitan police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices,” a government statement said.
“We have no further details, but we will update you again when we do.”
Source: Arutz Sheva
Header: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses with his dog Dilyn as he leaves from a Polling Station, after casting his ballot paper and voting, in central London on December 12, 2019, as Britain holds a general election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)