UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, along with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, will be fined for flouting the very lockdown restrictions they imposed on the British public at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, officials confirmed on Tuesday morning.
PM Johnson has thus entered history as the first sitting UK prime minister to be penalized for breaking the law.
Spokespeople for the three said they had not been informed which specific event the fines stem from, but all of them reportedly attended the prime minister’s birthday party in June 2020.
The news has sparked a renewal of calls for Johnson’s resignation, which reached a crescendo in January amid the deepening scandal, dubbed “partygate” by the media, as Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Liberal Democrat Party leader Ed Davey, and advocacy groups like Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice lent their voices to the chorus of denunciations.
Twenty such fines were issued in March, and Metropolitan Police will issue another 30, according to a police statement on Tuesday.