Jan 25, 2022 - World

London police investigate lockdown parties at Downing Street

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaving 10 Downing Street in London on Jan. 19.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaving 10 Downing Street in London on Jan. 19. Photo: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

To determine if lawmakers, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, broke COVID restrictions, London police said Tuesday they are investigating parties held at Downing Street in 2020.

Why it matters: Johnson has faced calls to resign, even from members of his party, over the gatherings at the height of Britain's strict COVID lockdown.

  • The police inquiry comes on top of an ongoing independent investigation by a senior civil servant, whose report is expected this week.

What they're saying: "I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations," Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said during a London Assembly meeting.

The big picture: Johnson apologized for attending at least one party during a strict lockdown in May 2020, though he claimed that he thought it was a work event.

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