Lockdown parties: Police initiate investigations

Status: 01/25/2022 12:32 p.m

London Police have launched official investigations into parties at Britain’s seat of government during lockdown. It is about “possible violations of the Corona rules”. The pressure on Prime Minister Johnson is increasing.

In London, the Scotland Yard police department is investigating several lockdown parties at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official residence and other government buildings. “I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police are investigating a number of events related to potential breaches of corona regulations,” said Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick.

Johnson has been under massive pressure for weeks over reports of allegedly illegal parties at his official residence. New reports of celebrations keep popping up. It was only on Monday that the ITV broadcaster reported on a birthday party for Johnson with up to 30 participants.

Johnson had previously admitted to attending a garden party on May 20, 2020 in Parliament and apologized. At that time, meetings of more than two people outdoors were prohibited due to the pandemic.

Opposition calls for resignation

For Johnson, the situation is becoming increasingly precarious. The results of an internal investigation by top official Sue Gray into the allegedly illegal parties are expected later this week. Johnson’s political fate could depend on the outcome of this investigation.

Opposition leader Keir Starmer of the Labor Party has criticized the government as “chaotic and rudderless” and has repeatedly called for Johnson’s resignation. “He has to go,” Starmer affirmed. Johnson and his government have so far rejected calls for his resignation.

Tory MPs call for no-confidence vote

In Johnson’s own party, too, critical voices are getting louder. In the past few days, allegations of Islamophobia in the government and lax action against fraud in corona aid have been added.

Several Tory MPs have already openly called for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. Insiders now consider such a vote to be inevitable.

Johnson is faced with a confusing coalition of different camps. If 54 members of his parliamentary group in the House of Commons write in favor of a change, there would be a vote of no confidence.


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