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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said on Tuesday he would be issued a fine for violating COVID-19 rules after allegations of lockdown parties in government offices.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will also be fined.

London’s Metropolitan Police force said earlier on Tuesday that they were issuing 30 more fixed penalty notices in relation to the “Partygate” scandal, which has angered many in Britain and prompted dozens of politicians and officials to investigate allegations that the government has violated it. own pandemic restrictions.

A spokesman for Johnson’s office said: “The Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have received information today that the Metropolitan Police intends to issue a fixed penalty notice to him.” “We don’t have any further details, but we’ll update you again when we do.”

It was not clear how much Johnson and Sunak were fined. Johnson’s wife, Carrie Johnson, also said she was informed that she would receive a fine, although she had yet to receive any details about it.

public anger

Johnson has denied any wrongdoing, but is accused of being involved in dozens of events at his 10 Downing St. office and other government buildings that police are investigating.

Johnson’s government has been shaken by public anger over revelations that his employees held office parties, birthday celebrations and “wine time Fridays” in 2020 and 2021 to “bring your own wine”, while millions of people in the UK were given their Because of this, meeting with friends and family was banned. Govt’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Thousands of people were fined between £60 ($99 CDN) and £10,000 ($16,443) for social gatherings that broke the rules by police.

Opponents and some members of the governing Conservative Party have said for months that Johnson should resign if he is issued a fine for breaking rules imposed in the rest of the country during the pandemic.

Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public.” “Conservatives are completely unfit to rule. Britain deserves better.”

call for no confidence motion

Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey called for parliament to be recalled for a no-confidence motion in Johnson.

The justice group for COVID-19 bereaved families said there was “no way” that either Johnson or Sunak could remain in their jobs.

“His dishonesty has caused untold harm to the bereaved,” said group spokesman Lobby Akinola. “Not only that, they have lost all credibility with the wider public.”

In all, police say they were issuing at least 50 fines for violations, but did not identify who the recipients are. Police say they have sent questionnaires to more than 100 people, including the prime minister, and interviewed witnesses as part of the investigation.

In January, civil servant Sue Gray published a report on some gatherings that were not subject to criminal investigation.

She said “failures of leadership and judgment” in Johnson’s government allowed events that should not have happened.