What prompted the police probe into ‘parties’ at Downing Street?

The Met Police had been reluctant to investigate alleged parties at No 10 because they were reported many months after supposedly taking place.

But that has now changed.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said the investigation had been opened as a result of new information from the Cabinet Office.

The inquiry will look into whether rules were breached at a number of events in and around Downing Street in a move that will keep the spotlight on the Prime Minister and the culture in Westminster during the pandemic.

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Partygate report expected soon over ‘lockdown parties’

Sue Gray’s report into alleged parties at No 10 and Whitehall during the COVID lockdown is expected either tonight or tomorrow.

If the report is delivered tonight, Boris Johnson is expected to deliver a statement to the Commons on Wednesday.

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UK police investigate Downing Street parties | DW News

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been under pressure over the lockdown party allegations since before Christmas.

The London Metropolitan Police force on Tuesday said it would investigate a series of events held at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street offices during strict coronavirus lockdowns.

The criminal probe follows allegations surrounding Downing Street parties that the police force had previously declined investigating.

Cressida Dick, the head of the Metropolitan Police, revealed the decision had been taken partly as a result of information passed to police from a Cabinet Office inquiry being carried out by the UK Civil Service. The investigation had also been launched because of officers’ own assessments, Dick said.

"I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of COVID-19 regulations," Dick told a Greater London Assembly meeting.

She said police had waited to start an investigation because it would "not normally be a proportionate use of officers time" to probe allegations that surfaced so long after they were said to have taken place.

One of the parties — a birthday celebration for Johnson himself — allegedly took place during the first COVID-19 lockdown in June 2020. At that time, social gatherings indoors were banned.

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London police investigate Boris Johnson’s COVID pandemic lockdown parties

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other politicians are now at the center of a police investigation into parties held at Downing Street while the rest of the country was under strict COVID lockdowns. CBS News foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab joined Vladimir Duthiers and Anne-Marie Green to discuss the latest fallout.

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Johnson Welcomes Police Investigation Into Downing St. Parties

U.K. Prime Minister Johnson says he welcomes the police inquiry into allegations he and his staff held parties that broke the government’s pandemic rules. The probe announced on Tuesday by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick "will help give the public the clarity it needs and help to draw a line under matters," Johnson said.

Johnson Welcomes Police Investigation Into Downing St. Parties

U.K. Prime Minister Johnson says he welcomes the police inquiry into allegations he and his staff held parties that broke the government’s pandemic rules. The probe announced on Tuesday by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick "will help give the public the clarity it needs and help to draw a line under matters," Johnson said.

London police open probe into Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pandemic lockdown parties

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other politicians are now at the center of a police investigation into parties held at Downing Street while the rest of the country was under strict COVID lockdowns. CBS News foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab joined Vladimir Duthiers and Anne-Marie Green to discuss the latest fallout.

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BREAKING: PM welcomes police investigation into alleged parties at Number 10

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he welcomes a police investigation into parties reportedly held at Number 10 and government offices during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Police are now investigating the allegations, including claims a birthday celebration was held for Mr Johnson in June 2020, when indoor mixing between people of different households was banned.

The Prime Minister says he is willing to be interviewed – but does not believe he has broken the law.

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