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London police investigate Downing Street parties | Coronavirus


London Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick announced on Tuesday that her officers are currently investigating a number ofevents in Downing Street, residence of the Prime Minister and Whitehall, street which accommodates the high administration, about potential violations of rules related to COVID-19.

The Met had until then been criticized for its silence following the revelations that have followed one another in recent weeks on “garden parties”, farewell parties or birthday parties held at the highest level of power and which have angered the British forced by law to time to drastically restrict their contacts.

Boris Johnson, 57, is enduring his worst crisis since his triumphant rise to power in the summer of 2019, with popularity plummeting and MPs in his majority openly saying they want to unseat him.

Latest revelation to date: the organization of a party organized by his future wife Carrie in the Council of Ministers room on the occasion of his birthday on June 19, 2020 afternoon, during the first confinement.

Up to 30 people attended, according to ITV, including interior designer Lulu Lytle, who was tasked with carrying out the costly renovation of Boris Johnson’s controversially funded Downing Street flat.

Downing Street admits a brief gathering, a spokeswoman claiming that Boris Johnson would have participated less than ten minutes.

ITV news added, however, that friends of the Johnson family were said to have been invited on the evening of June 19 to the first floor of the Prime Minister’s residence. His services have denied: according to them, the Prime Minister has hosted a small number of his family members outside that evening, in accordance with the rules in force.

Faced with the steady stream of accusations, the opposition renewed its calls for the resignation. Labor Party leader Keir Starmer blasted a prime minister who believes the rules he makes don’t apply to him.

A March 2020 letter from Boris Johnson in which he praised a 7-year-old girl for canceling her birthday party and showing a fantastic example to the British, fueled accusations of hypocrisy.

Queen Elizabeth II herself celebrated her 94th birthday discreetly on April 21, 2020, without her family.

Even within the Conservative Party, criticisms fuse.

Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, whose partner also celebrates her birthday on June 19, said on Twitter that she celebrated the event by inviting another household to sit outside, keeping our distance, in our garden.

The anger aroused by these parties caused a fall in the Prime Minister’s popularity.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Rules Committee, Lord Evans, pointed to the risk of paying a important political prize if the rules were not followed.

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Boris Johnson has so far escaped a vote of no confidence from his Conservative camp and refers to the findings of the internal investigation led by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

This survey continues and contacts have taken place with the police, said the Cabinet Office, the interdepartmental agency overseeing these investigations.

But according to the British press, its conclusions, expected in the coming weeks, are likely to be delayed by the police investigation.

On January 12, Boris Johnson had made his mea culpa in front of the deputies apologizing for his participation on May 20, 2020 in an event in the gardens of his official residence, assuring that he thought he was respecting the rules.

If 54 deputies from his Conservative camp demand the organization of a vote of no confidence, it could cost him his place.

Criticized for these holidays and for his management of the health crisis, the Prime Minister is clinging to his post for the moment. He announced the lifting of the last COVID-related restrictions from Thursday, hoping to regain popularity in a country subject to long confinements and deeply bereaved by the pandemic which has killed nearly 154,000 people there.

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