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Lib Dems call on Scotland Yard to launch a full police investigation into the Prime Minister in a ‘interview under caution’

13th Jan 22 7:39 am

Sir Ed Davey the leader of the Liberal Democrats has called on Scotland Yard to launch a full investigation into the Downing Street party held on 20 May 2020.

The Prime Minster Boris Johnson admitted on Wednesday to the House of Commons that he did attend the gathering which was “illegal” under the law at the time.

Sir Ed wrote to Dame Cressida Dick the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to interview the Prime Minister under caution after admitting he was at the Downing Street garden party.

“Boris Johnson admitted today that he did attend this illegal party in the Downing Street garden,” Sir Ed said.

“The Met Police must now confirm that a full investigation will be launched and that the prime minister himself will be interviewed.

“The police must reassure the public that justice will be done and there isn’t one rule for them and another for Boris Johnson and his colleagues in Downing Street.”

On Wednesday the Prime Minister told the House of Commons of his account of the Downing Street party, a defence lawyer said this would be “laughed out of court.”

Raj Chada said he could not see how Johnson’s defence of his actions had “any legal basis,” whilst a human rights barrister dismissed Johnson’s comments as “proper nonsense.”

Battling to save his premiership on Wednesday, Johnson apologised for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in the garden of Number 10 during England’s first lockdown.

Chada, the head of the criminal defence department at Hodge Jones and Allen, told the PA news agency, “If any client had tried to use this, it would have been laughed out of court.

“The cross examination would have been brutal: do civil servants/politicians normally ‘bring a bottle’ to work events?

“I cannot see that his defence has any legal basis as you were meant to be working from home if you could.”

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