Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologises for his lockdown fine
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The Prime Minister’s wife admitted to attending a “gathering” in June 2020. She claimed she had acted “in accordance with the rules at the time” but has accepted the ruling this was not the case.
In a statement, Mrs Johnson’s spokesperson said: “Mrs Johnson has paid a fixed penalty notice relating to a gathering on the afternoon of June 19, 2020.
“Whilst she believed that she was acting in accordance with the rules at the time, Mrs Johnson accepts the Met Police’s findings and apologises unreservedly.”
June 19 is Mr Johnson’s birthday.
It is understood a party was organised by Carrie on this day in 2020 and attended by up to 30 people.
Carrie Johnson issues APOLOGY over Partygate as she pays £50 fine for rule-breaking bash. (Image: Getty)
A cake was famously reported to have been presented to Boris at the party.
At the time, gatherings of more than two people indoors were banned by law.
On the same day, the official Twitter page for the Prime Minister insisted “the Government’s plan is working and we are containing the spread of coronavirus”.
It added: “Thank you to everyone for following the rules and playing their part – we must keep going to keep the level down.
Carrie Johnson. (Image: Getty)
Carrie and Boris Johnson. (Image: Getty)
The BBC highlighted an exemption to the rules at the time was allowed if a gathering “was reasonably necessary” for work purposes.
The issuing of fixed penalty notices shows the police did not deem the gathering as necessary.
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Both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have also been issued with fines by the Met.
Boris Johnson has faced renewed calls to resign after it was found he did break the law.
In response, he has issued a “full apology” but has refused to shift from his position.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak. (Image: Getty)
Mr Johnson said: “Today I’ve received a fixed penalty notice from the Metropolitan Police relating to an event on June 19, 2020.
“Let me say immediately that I have paid the fine and I once again offer a full apology.
“And in a spirit of openness and humility I want to be completely clear about what happened on that date…
“I have to say in good frankness at that time it did not occur to me that this might have been a breach of the rules.
“But of course the police have found otherwise and I fully respect the outcome of their investigation.
“I understand the anger that many will feel that I myself fell short when it came to observing the very rules that the Government I lead had introduced to protect the public and I accept in all sincerity that people had the right to expect better.”