Boris Johnson latest: New photo from partygate shows PM toasting colleagues – live

Metropolitan Police conclude Partygate inquiry with 126 fined

Boris Johnson was drinking at a Downing Street party during a coronavirus lockdown, newly released photos show.

The four images, obtained by ITV News, appear to show the Prime Minister raising a glass at a going away party for his then communications director Lee Cain on November 13, 2020.

A number of people can be seen standing around a table of festive food and alcohol, despite – at the time – the rest of the country being banned from socializing at the height of the pandemic.

Earlier, Dominic Cummings – Mr Johnson’s former senior adviser – claimed photos would emerge in the next 24-48 hours which would show the Prime Minister had ‘obviously lied’ to police and the House of Commons in the process. about Downing Street parties.

Mr Cummings predicted footage would be released by the warring factions within No 10, before the party’s official report by senior civil servant Sue Gray was finally released this week.

After the photos were released, Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson ‘degraded his office’ and ‘there is no doubt now’. [that] he lied.”

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Watchdog urged to investigate lack of fines for former PM’s aide’s party

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been called to investigate why Boris Johnson was not fined for attending a Downing Street party during the lockdown, which has been confirmed by a recently published photo.

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Daisy Cooper wrote to IOPC chief executive Michael Lockwood about the issue after ITV News obtained photos from the event – a going away party for the Mr Johnson’s former director of communications, Lee Cain, November 13, 2020.

Mr Johnson received a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for a birthday party in the Cabinet Room in June 2020, but was told he would face no further action regarding other gatherings covered by the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Hillman investigation.

Lib Dems have asked the IOPC to explain why the PM was not fined for his aide’s departure

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Ms Cooper said: ‘The Metropolitan Police have so far provided no clarifying statements regarding their decision-making process.

“They did not define the evidence thresholds they used to determine whether FPNs should be issued.

“The result of this lack of transparency is that the publication of photographs such as that of the Prime Minister drinking in Downing Street, on an occasion for which he has not been fined, is likely to create considerable confusion in the public.

“In particular, it is difficult to understand why some people, especially more junior staff, who attended the same gatherings as the Prime Minister received questionnaires and FPNs, while the Prime Minister did not. received.”

She called on the IOPC Fund to investigate Operation Hillman “and establish the process by which the Metropolitan Police came to their conclusions about breaches of coronavirus regulations”.

Lamiat SabinMay 23, 2022 7:00 p.m.

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PM ‘took Brits for fools’, Lib Dems say after party photo

Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Daisy Cooper said recently released footage showing the Prime Minister at a party in Downing Street during the lockdown shows he “took the British people for fools”.

She joined SNP calls for Tory MPs to oust her from No 10.

Boris Johnson at his former assistant’s departure party in Downing Street

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“It is becoming clearer than ever that Boris Johnson lied to the British people and to Parliament,” she said.

“Conservative MPs need to do their homework and fire this law-breaking Prime Minister.

“Every day he remains in office will do more harm to the public trust and to our democracy.”

Four photos, obtained by ITV News, show the Prime Minister raising a glass at a going away party for his then director of communications Lee Cain on November 13, 2020, as the rest of the country was subjected to a strict covid lockdown.

Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner said the footage shows that ‘there is no doubt now [that Mr Johnson] lied” about his involvement in the partygate scandal.

Lamiat SabinMay 23, 2022 6:20 p.m.

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Disgraced former Tory MP sentenced to prison for sexual assault

Former Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

The 48-year-old was kicked out of the Conservative Party and later resigned from his seat in West Yorkshire, after being found guilty of the 2008 attack following a trial at Southwark Crown Court last month.

At today’s sentencing, Judge Baker said Khan had displayed a ‘significant degree of brutality’ prior to the assault he committed aged 34.

Read the full story here by Liam James

Lamiat SabinMay 23, 2022 6:00 p.m.

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‘Without a doubt’ PM lied – Rayner as new partygate photo emerges

Angela Rayner has accused Boris Johnson of undoubtedly lying about anti-lockdown parties in Downing Street.

His comments came as new photos emerged showing the Prime Minister raising a glass at one of the rallies.

File photo of Angela Rayner and Boris Johnson during PMQs

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The deputy leader of the Labor Party said: “As the British public made huge sacrifices, Boris Johnson was breaking the law.

“Boris Johnson has repeatedly said he knows nothing about breaking the law – there’s no doubt now he lied. Boris Johnson made the rules and then broke them.

“The prime minister demeaned his office. The British people deserve better. While Labor has a plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, Tory MPs are too busy defending Boris Johnson’s indefensible actions.

Lamiat SabinMay 23, 2022 5:40 p.m.

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Education Secretary condemns ‘identity politics’ in schools

Children should be taught to think, not what to think, said Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi.

His comments came as Tory MP Julian Lewis pressed him to accept that ‘vicious identity politics and the decolonization of subjects’ are comparable to subjects banished from classrooms for their political supporter.

In the Commons, Mr Lewis said: ‘Does the Secretary of State accept that the concepts of anti-nuclear education and anti-imperialist education which led to this ban must also be weighed against the concepts of vicious identity politics and decolonization of subjects, who rightly violate the legislation he cited? »

Nadhim Zahawi said the proposed legislation will protect freedom of expression in education

(Yui Mok/AP)

In response, Mr. Zahawi said, “My honorable friend raises a very powerful point. He is right. Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. »

He also said no one should be afraid ‘to express any lawful opinions’ at universities, as he backed the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill – which aims to protect expression on campus.

“Universities and students must balance their legal obligations, including freedom of expression and the fight against harassment,” Mr Zahawi told MPs.

Lamiat SabinMay 23, 2022 5:21 p.m.

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Prime Minister will address MPs ‘in full’ in new Partygate photo

Boris Johnson will address Parliament “in full”, Downing Street said in response to photographs showing the Prime Minister raising a glass at an anti-lockdown party at No 10.

A No 10 spokesperson said: ‘The Cabinet Office and the Met Police have been given access to all information relevant to their investigations, including photographs.

“The Met have concluded their investigation and Sue Gray will publish her report in the coming days, at which time the Prime Minister will address Parliament in full.”

Lamiat SabinMay 23, 2022 4:50 p.m.

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Labor opposes Amnesty for the Troubles Bill

The government has failed to win cross-party support for its flagship proposals on the Northern Ireland peace process.

Labor sources said the party would oppose the plans, which include a controversial amnesty for those accused of atrocities during the Troubles, during the bill’s second reading on Tuesday.

Our Whitehall Editor Kate Devlin has the whole story:

Chiara GiordanoMay 23, 2022 4:30 p.m.

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A photo emerges of Boris Johnson raising a glass at the No 10 party

Footage has emerged showing Boris Johnson drinking at a party in Downing Street during the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The four photos, obtained by ITV News, reportedly show the Prime Minister raising a glass at a going away party for then communications director Lee Cain on November 13, 2020.

A number of people can stand side by side around a table filled with festive food and alcohol.

Footage obtained by ITV News reportedly shows Boris Johnson raising a glass at a going away party in Downing Street on November 13, 2020

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Chiara GiordanoMay 23, 2022 4:19 p.m.

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No plans for Cobra meeting or travel bans amid monkeypox outbreak, says Downing Street

Downing Street said there were no plans to hold a meeting of the Cobra monkeypox emergency committee or impose travel bans.

Asked about travel restrictions from affected countries, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “No, no such considerations. What we are seeing at the moment is community transmission unrelated to trips.”

He said vaccines are being offered to close contacts, but there are no plans for a “large-scale” vaccination programme.

“We have purchased vaccines in large numbers, but given the nature of this and the way we know it is spreading, it is believed that there is no clinical requirement for this type of campaign. on a large scale,” he said.

Chiara GiordanoMay 23, 2022 4:05 p.m.

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Dominic Cummings claims photos will prove Boris Johnson lied about Partygate

Photos will emerge in the next two days showing that Boris Johnson ‘obviously lied’ to the police and the House of Commons about the Downing Street parties, the prime minister’s former senior aide Dominic Cummings has claimed.

Mr Cummings has predicted photos will be released by factions involved in infighting within No 10 as the official report by senior civil servant Sue Gray is finally released.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse has the whole story:

Chiara GiordanoMay 23, 2022 3:25 p.m.

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