Boris Johnson may be slapped with three more police fines over partygate scandal

Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister

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# 14 April 2022 09:43 (UTC +04:00)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is bracing himself for three more police fines over breaching COVID lockdown rules at parties in Downing Street a few years ago, The Daily Mirror and The Guardian have cited unnamed sources as saying, APA reports.

The events reportedly include a May 2020 summer party, a November gathering in Johnson's flat with his wife on the day of Dominic Cummings' departure, and a leaving do for Lee Cain, a senior aide, in Number 10 a day later.

The insiders claimed that no attendee had yet received a fine for those events, which have yet to be fully investigated by the Metropolitan Police.

Referring to a £50 ($65) fixed-penalty notice (FPN) that was slapped on the UK prime minister earlier this week, the sources told The Mirror that "this is not the only fine Johnson is getting".

One government insider was cited by the newspaper as saying that the PM had been taken by surprise by his initial fine but was "bang to rights" over the other alleged law­-busting social gatherings at Downing Street.

One of the sources suggested that the fines could prove "fatal" for the prime minister's career.

"Conservatives, if they stand for anything, stand for the rule of law and the maintenance of order. If they cannot abide their own rules, and do not show humility in the face of justice, it is impossible for them to maintain that mantle", the source argued.

The Guardian quoted a Downing Street source as making it clear that the PM's position could come under threat when MPs return to Westminster from recess next week. The insider added that the apparent lull felt like a "calm before the potential storm".