Scotland Yard have told Boris and Carrie Johnson, who were fined for attending a birthday party in the Cabinet Room last month, that they are taking no further action
May 20, 2020
Here are the Downing Street parties and gatherings that have received a total of 126 fines from the Metropolitan Police:
What? BYOB Party in Downing Street Gardens
WHO? Boris Johnson’s then-private secretary Martin Reynolds emailed around 100 Downing Street staff during the first lockdown to “make the most of the beautiful weather” and invited guests to “join us from 6pm and bring your own alcohol.” to bring!“. It is not known exactly who attended the party, but 40 people were reportedly present.
Mr Johnson has previously admitted he attended briefly because he believed it was a work event and Carrie Johnson was also reportedly there. However, with Mr and Mrs Johnson receiving no further fines, police have unequivocally ruled that they personally did not commit an offence, possibly because it was technically their own garden.
Why? Regulation 6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 – Restricting leaving or staying outside the place where you lived without a valid excuse.
June 18, 2020
What? Farewell party and karaoke at the Cabinet Office for No. 10 Clerk Hannah Young. A drunken brawl was reported to have broken out upon departure.
WHO? Around 20 people, including Ms Young and former Whitehall Ethics chief Helen MacNamara, who publicly admitted earlier this year that she had been fined. She apologized for an “error of judgment”.
Why? Regulation 7 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 – Restricting attendance at indoor gatherings composed of two or more people.
June 19, 2020
What? Gathering in the Cabinet Room to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday, with guests singing happy birthday and presenting the Prime Minister with a cake. Mr Johnson said the event lasted less than 10 minutes.
WHO? Mr Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Carrie Johnson, all of whom were fined in April, the Johnsons’ interior designer Lulu Lytle and unnamed officials. It has not been confirmed whether or not Ms Lytle has been fined.
Why? Breach of Regulation 7 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 (England) – Restricting attendance at indoor gatherings composed of two or more people.
November 13, 2020
What? Two rival parties at Downing Street: drinks for Lee Cain, then the Prime Minister’s communications director, and a party thrown by Mrs Johnson at Flat No 11, where guests were said to be singing Abba songs to mark each other’s departure to celebrate the Prime Minister’s senior aide, Dominik Cummings. This version of events was denied by a spokeswoman for Ms Johnson.
WHO? Mr Johnson reportedly attended Mr Cain’s event and gave a farewell speech. It is not known who attended the meeting. As Ms Johnson was not fined for the event, police must have decided it was within the rules – possibly because those in attendance involved people from her household or childcare bubble.
Why? Regulation 8 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 – Restricting attendance at indoor gatherings composed of two or more people.
December 17, 2020
What? Three events at Downing Street and Whitehall were investigated by Scotland Yard: a Christmas quiz moderated by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case and two separate farewell drinks for Kate Josephs and Steve Higham.
WHO? Ms Josephs was director-general of the government’s Covid Taskforce and thus responsible for drafting the pandemic rules. She was joined by Cabinet Office officials the day after London was placed in Tier 3, when bars and restaurants were shut. She apologized earlier this year.
Mr Case hosted a quiz with 15 officers present from his private office, and others participated online.
Mr Johnson spent a few minutes attending the departure of Captain Higham, a senior defense official at No 10, to make a speech. A small number of No. 10 personnel were reportedly present.
Why? Paragraph 1 of Schedule 3 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 – Restricting attendance at an indoor Tier 3 gathering composed of two or more people.
December 18, 2020