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British police expand investigation after PM’s new “party gate” photo emerges

A new photo printed by the Daily Mirror shows Prime Minister Boris Johnson and two colleagues near an open bottle of sparkling wine.

The “partisan” scandal has denied Johnson’s misconduct, but several Conservative lawmakers are on the verge of political crisis asking for public resignation. (Reuters)

British police will extend the investigation to the blockade of Downing Street after a new photo of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears and will ask more than 50 individuals.

Police watched the event in December 2020 after Daily Mirror printed a photo of Johnson and two colleagues (one covered with tinsel) near an open bottle of sparkling wine on Thursday. He said he was.

By Friday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art also confirmed that it would send a “formal questionnaire to more than 50 people” to ask about their activities on at least 12 rally days in Downing Street in 2020 and 2021.

Police said the document “has formal legal status and must be answered honestly within seven days.”

Asked if the government would confirm whether Johnson was one of the recipients, Defense Minister Ben Wallace said. BBC radio: “The Prime Minister said he would be perfect and transparent.”

The “partisan” scandal has denied Johnson’s misconduct, but several Conservative lawmakers are on the verge of political crisis asking for public resignation.

The Christmas “quiz night” at Johnson’s number 10 office wasn’t previously part of the Metropolitan Police Department’s investigation, so he and his staff could be fined for breaking Covid’s limits. did.

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“Reasonable suspicion”

Separately, the opposition Labor Party has asked police to investigate how Johnson began to use wealthy conservative donors for the luxury refurbishment of 10 Downing Street.

A labor lawyer wrote to Met that there was “reasonable suspicion” that the Prime Minister had violated the Anti-Burning Act and that the power to investigate was “duty.”

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Police confirmed receipt of the letter and said the request had been reviewed.

“These claims are not categorically true, but a clear misrepresentation of the facts,” a spokesperson for Downing Street said.

Source: AFP



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