Boris Johnson Pays Fine Over Lockdown Parties

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that he paid a fine from police for attending a lockdown-breaching birthday party in his official residence.

“Let me say immediately that I’ve paid the fine and I once again offer a full apology,” Johnson said.

Earlier on Tuesday, London’s Metropolitan Police force said that it was issuing 30 more fixed penalty notices concerning the “Partygate” scandal, which has seen dozens of politicians and officials investigated over allegations that the government violated its coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

The British authorities also accused Johnson of attending several events in his 10 Downing Street office and other government buildings.

Meanwhile, police said they sent questionnaires to more than 100 people, including the prime minister, and interviewed witnesses as part of the investigation.

“We are making every effort to progress this investigation at speed. This includes continuing to assess significant amounts of investigative material from which further referrals may be made,” police said.

During the British lockdowns, thousands of people were fined between $78 and $13,040 by police for rule-breaking social gatherings.

Meanwhile, opposition figures in Parliament have demanded that both Johnson and other members of his government resign over the scandal.

“Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public. They must both resign,” opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said.


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