Boris Johnson news – live: Met Police set to issue first fines for No 10 Covid lockdown breaches

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The first fines for Covid-19 lockdown breaches in Downing Street are set to be issued soon by the Metropolitan Police, according to reports.

Sources said The Guardian fines were “imminent” and around 20 Fixed Fine Notices (FPNs) will be distributed, with more expected to follow.

The force is investigating 12 events, including up to six that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is believed to have attended.

Last week it emerged that detectives investigating alleged lockdown exit parties held at Downing Street and the Cabinet Office had begun interviewing key witnesses.

The Met said at the time that more than 100 questionnaires had so far been sent to people at the reported gatherings. There was no official update from Downing Street or the Cabinet Office on Monday evening.

The Met said: “We are not giving routine comment and I refer you to our March 21 statement which is still on our website.”

It comes as Rishi Sunak has faced his first Commons grill since delivering his widely criticized Spring Statement to MPs last week.

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The Metropolitan Police are set to issue the first round of fines to government officials as part of their investigation into multiple allegations of anti-lockdown parties in No 10, according to reports.

It comes two months after the force launched an official investigation, reviewing hundreds of photographs and documents from the internal government investigation led by Whitehall Mandarin Sue Gray.

According to reports from The Guardian and the BBC.

Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has the details.

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Mr Sunak agreed it “may well be” the case that the decline in trade intensity suffered by the UK relative to other major economies was caused by Britain being the only d between them to go through Brexit.

The Chancellor’s comments came after the Office for Budget Responsibility published research suggesting that the UK’s ‘trade intensity’ fell by around 15% following its exit from the EU, writes Andre Bécasse.

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Met set to issue first fines for No 10 Covid lockdown breaches

Police investigating the alleged Covid-deconfinement parties held at No 10 will soon impose a first installment of fines, according to reports.

The Guardian said he understood that the 20 fixed fine notices (FPNs) will be issued “immediately”, although a government source told the Pennsylvania it wouldn’t be Monday night.

The force is investigating 12 events, including up to six that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is believed to have attended.

Last week it emerged that detectives investigating alleged lockdown exit parties held at Downing Street and the Cabinet Office had begun interviewing key witnesses. The Met said at the time that more than 100 questionnaires had so far been sent to people at the reported gatherings.

There was no official update from Downing Street or the Cabinet Office on Monday evening.

The Met said: “We are not giving routine comment and I refer you to our March 21 statement which is still on our website.”

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Tory MP Dehenna Davison wrote to Mr Smith on Monday after the episode and asked the French Prince star to come speak to MPs.

It comes after Labor leader Keir Starmer said Mr Smith was wrong to slap his fellow comedian, writes Peter Jon.

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Putin’s Russia must pay ‘long-term cost’ of invading Ukraine, Labor says

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Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy told MPs: “Putin’s invasion may have stalled, but the threat he poses remains. Reports suggest he may be looking for a way out. We want to see an end to the bloodshed and the restoration of Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty.

“I am sure the Minister of Foreign Affairs will agree with me that any ceasefire agreement must have the full support of the democratically elected Ukrainian government.

“If an agreement is reached, there will be no return to the previous status quo in our economic relations with Russia.

“Putin’s regime still has to pay a long-term price for its war of aggression. We need to decisively end our dependence on fossil fuels and quickly switch to cheap local renewables to support our energy sector.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said earlier: “We need to make sure that Putin can never act in this aggressive way again. Any long-term settlement must include a clear sanctions rollback that will be triggered automatically by any Russian aggression. »

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The Chancellor – a former investment banker whose wife is a multi-millionaire – was ridiculed in the statement last spring after posing for photos filling up a Kia Rio car at the petrol pump to publicize his 5p cut by liter on fuel taxes.

It later emerged that the modest family saloon, which retails for around £13,000, did not belong to the Chancellor but had been borrowed from an employee of the London branch of Sainsbury’s where the photoshoot took place, writes Andre Bécasse.

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MP Angela Eagle asked Mr Sunak at the Treasury Select Committee: “It is widely reported that you are blocking it. Can you tell us when we can expect it? »

The Chancellor said: “I am certainly not blocking anything and the Prime Minister is continuing to work out the details of this.

“Given the importance of this, I think it’s important that we get it right. It will have an impact on many different things and it is working at the pace of all the ministers involved. »

The hearing ended shortly after this exchange.

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