New photos have emerged showing Boris Johnson raising a glass to toast staff during another lockdown party in Downing Street as Lee Cain’s leaving drinks on 13 November, 2020.
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Daisy Cooper has requested that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) examine the Met’s investigation into the partygate saga.
Johnson received one fixed penalty notice (FPN) as he attended his own birthday party in June 2020 and was later told he face No Further Action (NFA) over the Met Police Operation Hillman investigation.
The Lib Dems’ Cooper said, “The Met Police need to explain why Boris Johnson wasn’t fined for this event, despite being pictured in an apparent breach of the rules.
“If anyone else had been pictured at a party like this during lockdown, surely this would have been enough evidence for them to be fined.
“It does seem that there has been one rule for the Prime Minister and another for everyone else.”
She added, “The complete lack of transparency in this investigation risks doing huge damage to public trust.
“We need urgent clarity from the Met over why Boris Johnson wasn’t fined when others were.
“If the Met won’t set out the basis on which they made their decisions, then it’s absolutely right that they should face an investigation.”
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There are calls for the Sue Gray report to be published in full, a spokesman for London mayor Sadiq Khan said, “The mayor understands why Londoners are seeking clarity given these latest revelations.
“The details of the investigation are a matter for the Met Police and it would be wrong for the mayor – who oversees the Met as police and crime commissioner for London – to intervene in an inquiry investigating his political opponents.”