A leading barrister has warned that there is ample evidence to charge the Prime Minister, Ministers and officials within Downing Street of “misconduct in public office.”
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) should be considering prosecution over any officials and Ministers who “knew they were going to break the law” by having shindigs at Downing Street during lockdown.
Adam Wagner told Sky News the CPS could prosecute, “if they find that officials or ministers organised gatherings which they knew were going to break the law and used effectively the walls of Downing Street to protect themselves from being caught.”
The leading barrister added, “We’ve seen a little bit of evidence of that, such as reports that people were leaving from the back from certain parties so that he wouldn’t be seen by the police.
“But it may be that the police wanted to take the simple route and get the fixed penalty notices out and finish this investigation as quickly as possible.”
Wagner said if those who work withing Downing Street organised parties was “in the knowledge that they were breaking or likely to be breaking the law” along with “aspects of the organisation was concealed deliberately,” the cannot legally see why there wouldn’t be misconduct in public office charges brought against them.
The Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, defending the illegal partygate on Tuesday, he said, the Johnson “accepts the police have looked at this.”
He then added, that the Prime Minister’s fixed penalty notice is like a “a parking notice that Tony Blair had once,” which will irritate the public and many MPs.