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Downing Street staff have been asked to provide a ‘lawful exceptionor ‘reasonable excusefor lockdown parties, leaked police questionnaire reveals as Boris Johnson waits to see if he will be fined

  • Metropolitan Police officers sent questionnaires last month to around 50 사람들
  • Mr Johnson returned his last Friday but refused to say if he will quit if fined
  • Questionnaire is effectively written equivalent of police interview under caution
  • It asks around a dozen questions, including timings of attendance at parties
  • 다우닝가 staff have been asked by police to provide a ‘lawful exceptionor ‘reasonable excusefor parties which took place during the 코로나 바이러스 폐쇄, a leaked legal questionnaire has shown.

    구급차와 소방대원 전원 참석 officers involved with Operation Hillman, which is examining whether Covid restrictions were broken in Number 10 and across Whitehall, sent questionnaires this month to approximately 50 사람들, 포함 보리스 존슨.

    The Met had said that the forms asked the respondents for an ‘account and explanation of the recipient’s participation in an event’, adding that they have ‘formal legal status and must be answered truthfully’.

    The Prime Minister returned his last Friday before he faced questions over whether or not he will resign if he is handed a fixed penalty notice.

    지금, the documentleaked to ITV Newsgives the first insight into what questions Mr Johnson is likely to have been asked.

    The questionnaire is effectively the written equivalent of a police interview under caution and Mr Johnson is understood to be the first prime minister subject to that level of police questioning.

    The document states at the outset that those accused have an opportunity to provide ‘a written statement under caution’.

    It then goes on to ask around a dozen questions, including timings of attendance at parties and how many others were present.

    It also asks respondents if they ‘interacted withor undertook ‘any activity withany one present.

    Downing Street staff have been asked by police to provide a 'lawful exception' or 'reasonable excuse' for parties which took place during the coronavirus lockdown, a leaked legal questionnaire (사진) has shown

    Downing Street staff have been asked by police to provide a ‘lawful exceptionor ‘reasonable excusefor parties which took place during the coronavirus lockdown, a leaked legal questionnaire (사진) has shown

    The Prime Minister returned his last Friday before he faced questions over whether or not he will resign if he is handed a fixed penalty notice. 위: The PM at a Downing Street quiz night during the lockdown in 2020

    The Prime Minister returned his last Friday before he faced questions over whether or not he will resign if he is handed a fixed penalty notice. 위: The PM at a Downing Street quiz night during the lockdown in 2020

    The Met’s ‘Partyquestionnaire

    The document states at the outset that those accused have an opportunity to provide ‘a written statement under caution’.

    It then goes on to ask around a dozen questions, 포함:

    • ‘Did you participate in a gatheringon a specific date?’
    • What was the purpose of your participation in that gathering?’
    • Did you interact with, or undertake any activity with, other persons present at the gathering? If yes, please provide details.

    The questionnaire asks for timings of the person’s attendance at the party and how many others were present.

    It also provides them with a chance to justify their actions, 질문: '뭐, 만약에 어떠한, lawful exception applied to the gathering and/or what reasonable excuse did you have for participating in the gathering?’

    The Metropolitan Police says there are three ways to respond to the questionnaire:

    • Remain silent and answer no questions.
    • Provide an answer to the written questions in the attached document.
    • Provide a prepared statement in your own words.
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    The form gives them a chance to justify their actions, 질문: '뭐, 만약에 어떠한, lawful exception applied to the gathering and/or what reasonable excuse did you have for participating in the gathering?’

    The Metropolitan Police says there are three ways to respond to the questionnaire.

    The options are to remain silent and answer no questions; provide an answer to the specific queries; or to give a prepared statement.

    The PM is known to have taken legal advice before he submitted his answers last week and he is expected to argue that he did not break any rules in attending gatherings because Number 10 is both his workplace and his home.

    A spokesperson for Downing Street previously said: ‘We have confirmed the Prime Minister has been contacted by the Metropolitan Police. We will not be commenting further while the investigation is ongoing.

    More junior members of staff are said to have have told ITV News that they are concerned they won’t be able to afford the same standard of legal advice as the PM.

    Anyone who receives a questionnaire has seven days to respond, with the latest batch sent out yesterday, meaning the police investigation still has at least a week left to run.

    The report revealing the leaked questionnaire is airing tonight on ITV News.

    News of the questionnaire comes after at emerged that at least two cabinet ministers would withdraw support for the PM if he is handed a fixed penalty notice in relation to Covid rule breaches.

    According to the Times newspaper, two ministers have said the Prime Minister’s position will be untenable if he is found to have breached lockdown laws and is fined by the police.

    캐서린 생 로랑(Catherine St Laurent)은 빌 앤 멜린다 게이츠 재단(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)의 부부에게 헤드헌팅을 받아 그들의 '참모장'이 되었습니다. 타임즈: ‘If he gets an FPN he’ll have to go. How can you have a prime minister who has been found guilty of breaking the law?’

    A minister and close ally of a second cabinet member also told the newspaper: ‘If the Met’s conclusion is effectively that he broke the regulations then it makes his position extremely difficult.








    The questionnaire is effectively the written equivalent of a police interview under caution and Mr Johnson is understood to be the first prime minister subject to that level of police questioning

    The questionnaire is effectively the written equivalent of a police interview under caution and Mr Johnson is understood to be the first prime minister subject to that level of police questioning

    ‘It’s going to be very difficult for him to stay, especially if it’s for a party in the No 10 flat.

    The Times reported that he will be expected to appeal an FPN if he is handed one by the Met in an attempt to draw out the process and ‘to kick it into the long grass’.

    일요일에, 씨 존슨 stonewalled for 10 분 Partygate in an awkward interview, refusing to say whether he will quit if police fine him.

    The PM squirmed as he was repeatedly grilled by the BBC‘s Sophie Raworth on the controversyinsisting he ‘can’t comment about a process that is under way’.

    Despite there being no apparent legal barrier to speaking on the issue, Mr Johnson은: ‘There is simply not a bean I can tell you about that.

    Mr Johnson is believed to have attended as many as six of the parties being investigating by the Metropolitan Police. One of the parties under investigation is the 'bring your own booze' garden in May 2020 (사진)

    Mr Johnson is believed to have attended as many as six of the parties being investigating by the Metropolitan Police. One of the parties under investigation is the ‘bring your own boozegarden in May 2020 (사진)

    Mr Johnson is believed to have attended as many as six of the parties being investigating by the Metropolitan Police.

    One such party was allegedly organised by Carrie Johnson in the official Downing Street residence on November 13, 2020.

    Another was the ‘bring your own boozegarden which took place during the first lockdown in May 2020.

    12월에 발표된 궁전 성명서: The Downing Street parties being probed by the police

    Boris Johnson has received a questionnaire from police investigating allegations of lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street.

    The Prime Minister may have attended as many as six events that are being looked into by police, 보고서에 따르면.

    A ‘bring your own booze partyattended by Mr Johnson during the first Covid lockdown and a gathering to mark his birthday are among 12 parties being investigated.

    Further details have since been reported, suggesting the Conservative Party leader was seen heading to a party in his No 11 residence on the night his former senior aide Dominic Cummings departed, and that he briefly attended a leaving do for one of his former defence advisers.

    그만큼 12 parties being investigated by the Metropolitan Police are:

    – 할 수있다 20 2020: Bring Your Own Booze party:

    A leaked email from the Prime Minister’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds showed No 10 staff were invited to ‘bring your own boozeto an event in the Downing Street garden.

    Mr Johnson has admitted he was there for 25 의사록, but said he thought it was a ‘work eventto thank staff for their efforts during the pandemic.

    – 유월 18 2020: Cabinet Office leaving do:

    Senior civil servant Sue Gray’s interim report said a gathering in the 70 Whitehall building was held to mark the departure of a No 10 London School of Economics에서 석사를 마친 사람.

    The event had not previously been disclosed but The Telegraph said the official in question is former home affairs policy adviser Hannah Young, who left Downing Street to take up the role of deputy consul general in New York.

    The newspaper said it understood about 20 people attended, with alcohol consumed.

    – 유월 19 2020: Boris Johnson’s 56th birthday:

    Downing Street has admitted staff ‘gathered brieflyin the Cabinet Room in what was reportedly a surprise get-together for the Prime Minister organised by his now wife Carrie.

    The PA news agency was told Lulu Lytle, the interior designer behind lavish renovations of the Downing Street flat, briefly attended while undertaking work there.

    하나, 아니 10 has denied a report that, later the same evening, family and friends were hosted upstairs to celebrate the occasion.

    – 십일월 13 2020: Downing Street flat do:

    Mrs Johnson reportedly hosted parties in the official flat over No 11 where she and Mr Johnson live, including one event on November 13, the night of Dominic Cummingsacrimonious departure.

    A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s wife called the claim ‘total nonsense’.

    But reports have since suggested that the Prime Minister was seen heading up to the flat on the night in question, with the Mail On Sunday stating that Abba songs, including The Winner Takes It All, were heard coming from the residence.

    커밍스 씨, former de facto chief-of-staff at No 10, has alleged there are photographs of parties held at the flat during lockdown and said he has spoken to people who heard music coming from the Johnsonsaccommodation on the night he exited Downing Street.

    – 십일월 13 2020: Leaving party for senior aide:

    According to reports at the time, Mr Johnson gave a leaving speech for Lee Cain, his departing director of communications and a close ally of Mr Cummings.

    – 12 월 17 2020: Cabinet Office ‘Christmas party’:

    The Cabinet Secretary Simon Case removed himself from the inquiry into Whitehall partiesto be replaced by Ms Grayafter reports emerged of a gathering in the Cabinet Office.

    It was reported the do had been organised by a private secretary in Mr Case’s team, and that it was included in digital calendars as: ‘Christmas party!’ and included an online quiz.

    The Cabinet Office said Mr Case played no part in the event ‘but walked through the team’s office on the way to his own’.

    – 12 월 17 2020: Leaving drinks for former Covid Taskforce head:

    The former director-general of the Government’s Covid Taskforce Kate Josephs said she was ‘truly sorryover leaving drinks held in the Cabinet Office.

    – 12 월 17 2020: 아니 10 벨기에 델핀 공주, '가십에 기형':

    A leaving do was held for a departing Downing Street official.

    The Telegraph reported that the staff member in question is Captain Steve Higham, then one of Mr Johnson’s private secretaries, who advised on defence and national security issues.

    거울, which first reported the event before the police investigation began, said Mr Johnson was only there ‘for a few minutes’.

    Capt Higham became Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales in July 2021.

    – 12 월 18 2020: Downing Street Christmas party:

    Officials and advisers reportedly made speeches, enjoyed a cheese board, drank together and exchanged Secret Santa gifts, although the Prime Minister is not thought to have attended.

    Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman Allegra Stratton resigned after video emerged of her joking about a ‘fictional partyat a mock press conference.

    – 일월 14 2021: More Downing Street leaving drinks:

    A gathering was held in No 10 to mark the departure of two private secretaries.

    Reports have suggested the Prime Minister attended the leaving event, which was for a senior civil servant in the Department for Digital, 문화, 미디어 및 스포츠, 캐서린 생 로랑(Catherine St Laurent)은 빌 앤 멜린다 게이츠 재단(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)의 부부에게 헤드헌팅을 받아 그들의 '참모장'이 되었습니다..

    The other official’s identity is so far unknown.

    – 4 월 16 2021: Leaving drinks on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral:

    The night before the Queen sat alone at the funeral of her husband of almost 70 연령, in compliance with Covid rules at the time, two leaving dos were reportedly held in No 10.

    Downing Street apologised to Buckingham Palace after reported details emerged of boozy drinks parties, including one for outgoing communications director James Slack.

    Events not subject to police investigation:

    – 할 수있다 15 2020: Cheese and wine in the No 10 그들이 울타리를 넘으면:

    A photograph emerged of a number of groups gathered in the No 10 그들이 울타리를 넘으면, including Mr Johnson, Mrs Johnson, Mr Cummings and Mr Reynolds sitting together on the terrace.

    – 십일월 27 2020: Another special adviser leaves:

    Mr Johnson reportedly gave a leaving speech at a gathering for Cleo Watson, another ally of Mr Cummings.

    – 12 월 10 2020: Department for Education Christmas drinks:

    Then education secretary Gavin Williamson reportedly threw a party and delivered a short speech at his department’s Whitehall headquarters.

    – 12 월 15 2020: An online Christmas quiz in No 10:

    The Prime Minister appeared on contestantsscreens at the quiz but insisted he broke no rules.

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