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# Partygate

This year
Christmas party video of Tory staff joking about Covid restrictions 'terrible', says Michael Gove
“They had obviously behaved in a way which is unacceptable.”
Boris Johnson 'deliberately misled' MPs on whether No. 10 broke Covid-19 rules, committee finds
The Privileges Committee found: “His own knowledge was such that he deliberately misled the House and this committee.”
Boris Johnson urges Privileges Committee to publish ‘nonsense’ report on Partygate
The panel earlier said the former prime minister had made last-minute representations ahead of the release of its report.
'In peril' and 'agile as a cat' – UK papers react to Boris Johnson committee hearing
The former British prime minister is fighting for his political future.
Johnson rejects criticism as 'complete nonsense' at committee over Partygate
‘If anyone thinks I was partying during lockdown, they are completely wrong,’ said Johnson.
Boris Johnson's defence against partygate contempt investigation to be released today
His allies have said the legal submission would set out his case that he did not knowingly mislead the parliament about breaking Covid-19 rules.
Boris Johnson to face questions next week on whether he lied to MPs over partygate
The former UK prime minister has denied lying to the Commons and says he expects to be cleared by the Privileges Committee.
Northern Ireland Secretary insists Johnson did not knowingly mislead Parliament on partygate
Chris Heaton-Harris has offered a staunch defence of the former British prime minister.
Last year
Boris Johnson considered deliberately breaking ministerial code, resigning ethics adviser says
Christopher Geidt’s letter of resignation has been published.
'Not interested in snap elections': Boris Johnson welcomes support of MPs after confidence vote
Boris Johnson had warned Tory MPs against a “pointless fratricidal debate” about the party’s future.
Poll: Will Boris Johnson survive today’s confidence vote?
The vote will take place today between 6pm and 8pm.
Johnson dismisses claims he is a ‘habitual liar’, insists he will not quit over partygate

He cited ‘huge pressures’ on the economy, the war in Ukraine and his ‘massive agenda which I was elected to deliver’.

Ethics adviser raises questions over Boris Johnson’s Ministerial Code compliance
Johnson was issued with an FPN over a birthday party in the Cabinet Room in June 2020 at a time when indoor socialising was banned.
Britain not confident right people will be held accountable for partygate, poll finds
To date, there have been no resignations as a result of the inquiry into the parties.
Johnson's office denies details of Downing Street flat party were edited out of Gray report
Reports have suggested earlier drafts of the senior civil servant’s investigation contained additional details of the so-called ‘Abba party’.
Tory rebellion against Boris Johnson grows as senior figure warns of electoral losses
The number of Conservative MPs stating they have no confidence in the UK Prime Minister has mounted since the publication of Sue Gray’s partygate report.
Boris Johnson faces new calls to resign as Tory MPs say partygate explanations not credible
The UK Prime Minister refused to directly answer queries about partygate, saying he had already given ‘vintage and exhaustive answers’.
Three more Tory MPs call for Boris Johnson to step down after Partygate and Gray report
The UK Prime Minister has also ‘apologised in person’ to cleaning and security staff who were treated poorly.
Johnson believes he should remain as Prime Minister following damning Sue Gray report
Sue Gray’s official report into the partygate scandal said the ‘senior leadership’ in No 10 must take responsibility.
Downing Street denies Boris Johnson sought to block release of Sue Gray report
Earlier, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted that Johnson did not believe he was at a lockdown-breaking party.
Johnson accused of lying to MPs over images showing him drinking at leaving do
The UK PM is seen raising a glass while surrounded by at least nine people and six bottles of wine during the second lockdown.
Boris Johnson insists No 10 will not block names from Sue Gray report
Johnson said he was ‘very grateful’ for the Met Police’s investigation, which resulted in him being fined once for a lockdown breach.
Boris Johnson faces no further action in 126-fine partygate investigation
Downing Street said the Met Police told the UK Prime Minister he will not get another fine as they closed the investigation.
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London police issue more than 50 additional fines over Partygate scandal
More than 100 referrals in total for fixed penalty notices have now been issued as part of this investigation.
Boris Johnson will face parliamentary investigation as senior Tory says 'the gig's up' for the PM
Last week, Boris Johnson became the first UK leader to be fined for breaking the law for a June 2020 birthday party.
Tories whipped to delay vote on probe into whether Boris Johnson misled Parliament
The UK Government says the deferral will allow MPs ‘to have all the facts at their disposal’ when they make a decision.
New blow for Boris Johnson as justice minister quits over Downing Street partygate breaches
David Wolfson said there had been a “breach of the criminal law” at No 10.
Snap poll indicates 57% believe Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak should resign
Boris Johnson was fined over attending a gathering to mark his 56th birthday at No 10, at which he was ‘ambushed’ with a cake.
Partygate: Boris Johnson pays fine and admits wrongful birthday gathering but defies calls to resign
Opposition parties have called for both Johnson and Rishi to resign.
Police to issue Covid-19 fines against people who attended lockdown parties at Downing Street
The Metropolitan Police said investigators will refer the 20 fixed penalty notices to the ACRO Criminal Records Office.
Boris Johnson refuses to commit to resigning if found to have broken the law
Johnson handed a legal questionnaire to police on Friday regarding claims that lockdown-busting parties were held in Downing Street.
NI Secretary says Johnson ‘focused on the job’ despite police quiz over partygate
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the Prime Minister will ‘fight’ and win the next general election.
Boris Johnson faces possible fine over party claims after receiving police questions
The UK Prime Minister must now ‘truthfully’ explain his presence at events to avoid being by police of breaching lockdown laws.
Boris Johnson refutes former PM's assertion that he has damaged the UK's reputation
John Major said ministers being sent to “defend the indefensible” made the Government look “distinctly shifty”.
Detectives investigating No 10 parties to start contacting people believed to have taken part
The Mirror earlier published a photo showing the Prime Minister near a prosecco bottle during a Christmas quiz.
Boris Johnson starts new week with fresh staff in hopes of turning around fortunes
More announcements are expected on No 10 staffing in coming days following a swathe of resignations.
Another Conservative MP has called on Boris Johnson to resign
It comes amid reports that police have been handed a photo of Johnson holding a beer at an alleged gathering.
Boris Johnson commits to publishing ‘everything we can’ from full Sue Gray inquiry
The British Prime Minister has promised a fuller publication of Gray’s investigation once the Met Police probe has concluded.
Johnson apologises as Gray report says No 10 parties showed 'failures of leadership and judgement'
Several of the gatherings should not have been allowed to take place, the report has found.
Sue Gray's redacted report on the “partygate” allegations has been published this afternoon.
Several of the gatherings should not have been allowed to take place, the report has found.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson said he “accepts Sue Gray’s general findings in full”.
Met police denies delaying publication of Sue Gray inquiry as officers examine material
No 10 efforts to save Johnson are illegal, Commons standards chairman claims