Archiv: Partygate Affair (UK)


07.06.2022 - 12:32 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson latest news: Prime Minister’s premiership is no longer ‚viable‘, says William Hague

Lord Hague, the former leader of the Conservative Party, said Mr Johnson is now facing a „big problem“ because it „isn’t viable actually when more than 40 per cent of your party vote against you“.

He told Times Radio: “That is very difficult then to proceed as party leader in the long term. This is like trying to drive along the M1 with two flat tyres. You can say you are at the steering wheel but is it really viable? You are not going to get to the end of the motorway.”

07.06.2022 - 12:26 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris orders Cabinet to ‚get on with the job‘ and focus on cost of living after brutal confidence vote saw 148 Tory MPs try to oust him – worse than Theresa AND Maggie – with loyalists admitting even ministers secretly voted against him

– Boris Johnson is setting out to revive his premiership after a hugely damaging confidence vote last night
– His allies are begging the 148 MPs who voted against the PM to ‚back down‘ after his slim victory yesterday
– One loyalist MP described Monday as ‚the first day of a Tory civil war‘ with a double by-election looming
– The PM’s allies have insisted he will ‚fight his corner‘ amid warnings that an early general election is possible
– Backbench chief Sir Graham Brady called a full vote after receiving 54 letters from MPs calling for one

06.06.2022 - 16:59 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson will win the confidence vote – but even so, it’s over for him

Some big names may quit during the day, because many cannot accept the result. If you think Johnson is a disaster on Monday morning, you’re not going to believe he’s a genius on Monday evening, and no one would believe you if you said so.

06.06.2022 - 16:55 [ @BestForBritain / Nitter.net ]

Nadine Dorries says Boris Johnson should remain in post because „the donors have spoken“.

What about the will of the people?

New snap poll from @OpiniumResearch shows 59% think Tory MPs should vote to remove Johnson as leader today

06.06.2022 - 16:51 [ theSun.co.uk ]

MONEY TALKS: Big Tory donors plead with MPs not to ditch Boris Johnson

Big names include billionaire JCB boss Lord Bamford, property magnate Sir Tony Gallagher and Carphone Wearhouse founder David Ross.

Other names include multimillionaire financier Howard Shore and mega rich Simon Rueben – who alongside brother David is worth £16bn.

06.06.2022 - 09:51 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson latest news: No confidence vote in Prime Minister today

Sir Graham said in a statement: “The threshold of 15 per cent of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.

“In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 TODAY MONDAY 6th JUNE — details to be confirmed.

06.06.2022 - 09:36 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris WILL face vote of no confidence TODAY: Graham Brady reveals 54 Tory MPs have submitted letters – with crunch ballot ‚at 6pm TONIGHT‘

– Boris Johnson is facing a confidence vote at 6pm tonight after Tories wrote letters to the 1922 committee
– The PM’s allies have insisted he will ‚fight his corner‘ amid warnings that an early general election is possible
– Backbench chief Sir Graham Brady calls a full vote when he receives 54 letters from MPs asking for one

20.05.2022 - 13:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: If there’s one lesson from this pitiful farrago, it’s that such a sweeping affront to our liberties must never happen again

During the pandemic, the British state imposed unprecedented constraints on the liberties we cherish.

When visiting dying relatives or drinking a cup of coffee on a park bench in open countryside becomes a criminal offence, something has gone terribly wrong.

The restrictions inflicted huge damage to the economy, children’s education and the public health. And latest evidence seriously questions whether they had much real effect.

If there is one lesson we must learn from this pitiful farrago, it is that such a sweeping affront to freedom can never be allowed to happen again.

20.05.2022 - 13:06 [ Bloomberg ]

Johnson Avoids More Fines as UK Police End ‘Partygate’ Probe

Boris Johnson won’t be fined again for breaking coronavirus regulations after UK police concluded a probe into rule-breaking gatherings during lockdown, a major boost for the prime minister after months of turmoil.

08.05.2022 - 12:44 [ Sky.com ]

Local elections 2022: Critics turn on Boris Johnson as Tories lose almost 500 council seats

Tory MPs are assessing the fall-out after a „tough night“ for Boris Johnson in his first test at the ballot box since being fined for breaking lockdown rules.

The Conservatives lost nearly 500 seats in England, Wales, and Scotland in Thursday’s council elections, with partygate and the cost of living crisis cited by local leaders as key issues on the doorstep.

19.04.2022 - 20:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Sorry… now back to the war: Boris offers MPs an apology but STILL refuses to call rule-breaking No10 gathering a party before moving swiftly onto Ukraine – as rebel Tory Mark Harper says he is ’no longer worthy of the great office that he holds‘

– The Prime Minister said sorry with ‚full humility‘ over the £50 fixed-penalty notice he received last week
– But in the same breath he claimed ignorance of his own Covid rules over June 2020 event in No10
– Told MPs ‚It did not occur to me then or subsequently that gathering … could amount to a breach of the rules‘

13.04.2022 - 07:49 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s ‘partygate’ fine will see him punished at the ballot box

According to a snap poll by YouGov, 57 per cent of British adults think Mr Johnson should resign for breaching the Covid rules. The same proportion also now want his Treasury protege to follow suit.

The Chancellor will be especially disheartened to discover that while 25 per cent of Tory voters want rid of Mr Johnson, the figure rises to 30 per cent when it comes to his own future in the party.

13.04.2022 - 07:41 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak ‚had to be talked out of resigning over Partygate penalty because it would have pressured PM do the same‘ – while Sue Gray report on scandal ‚will be published next week and will NOT make comfortable reading‘ amid fears of MORE fines for Boris

Boris Johnson may face more woe over the coming days, amid claims Sue Gray’s report into the Partygate scandal is due next week and ‚will not make comfortable reading‘ – potentially even leading to more fines.

The Met revealed on Tuesday that at least 30 more fixed penalty notices were issued over the saga, with a spokesman for Number 10 confirming Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be among the recipients.

13.04.2022 - 06:38 [ ORF.at ]

Johnson lehnt Rücktritt trotz Strafe ab

Scotland Yard hatte wegen mehrerer Partys am Regierungssitz während der Coronavirus-Ausgangssperren in den Jahren 2020 und 2021 Ermittlungen aufgenommen. Der Premier, dessen Beliebtheit nach dem Skandal stark gesunken war, hatte sich im Jänner vor den Abgeordneten entschuldigt, einen Rücktritt jedoch ausgeschlossen und auf die Ergebnisse der polizeilichen Ermittlungen verwiesen.

11.02.2022 - 08:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Cressida Dick confirms any Downing Street rulebreakers – including Boris Johnson – would probably only be fined £100 even if they are found guilty over No10 parties – as PM refuses to say whether he will quit if he is among those punished

Cressida Dick appeared to rule out any punishment stronger than a fine for Boris Johnson over Partygate today – as he refused to confirm he would quit if found to have broken the law.

Scotland Yard is sending formal questionnaires to more than 50 people to ask them to give an account of their involvement, with the documents due to start arriving by the end of this week.

11.02.2022 - 08:45 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Dame Cressida Dick forced to quit Met Police after string of Scotland Yard scandals

But it comes after Scotland Yard has been rocked by multiple scandals in recent months, including the force’s handling of partygate, Sarah Everard’s murder and repeated claims of a culture of misogyny and racism.

11.02.2022 - 08:32 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dame Cressida Dick forced out of role as Met Police chief

Country’s most senior police officer says Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, ‚left her with no choice‘ but to quit

07.02.2022 - 06:26 [ iNews.co.uk ]

More than 100 Conservative MPs are ready to vote against Boris Johnson

More than 100 Conservative MPs could turn against Boris Johnson if his leadership is put to a confidence vote, i has established.

The Prime Minister would still technically win the ballot of 360 Tory MPs as he only needs a majority of one to survive, but he would be severely wounded by the scale of the rebellion, which would go far beyond the current public dissent by backbenchers against his leadership.

05.02.2022 - 18:39 [ Sky.com ]

Boris Johnson ally Nadine Dorries insists that 97% of Tory MPs behind prime minister

The culture secretary brands it „disappointing“ after former minister Nick Gibb became the 14th Conservative MP to publicly call for the prime minister to resign, but says the plotters were in the „absolute minority“.

04.02.2022 - 19:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Now desperate Boris sends Tories a BEGGING LETTER promising them a greater role in making Government policy if they hold off on vote of no confidence after another MP – number EIGHT – confirms he has submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady

– Some Cabinet ministers believe ‚it feels like the end‘ for Mr Johnson’s premiership because of Partygate chaos
– Downing Street suffered a day of chaos yesterday as four of Mr Johnson’s most senior aides opted to resign
– Furious Conservative MPs have warned Mr Johnson that he must ’shape up or ship out‘ amid mounting fur

04.02.2022 - 06:50 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The party’s over, Prime Minister – it’s time to resign

Matt Hancock did it. Allegra Stratton did it. Heck, even Priti Patel once did it, and she’s terrifying when cornered.

They’ve all said that magic phrase that makes the worries of the world, the expectation of their paymasters and the weight of public opinion suddenly lift from their slumped shoulders with a shuddering creak and an almighty groan. That phrase being something along the lines of: “I have become a distraction – and for that reason, I will be resigning with immediate effect.”

04.02.2022 - 05:38 [ BBC ]

Total meltdown on Downing Street

The chief of staff, the chief of communications, the official who runs the prime minister’s private office, and his policy chief – all gone. A quartet of departures from Number 10.

In the words of one senior backbencher, not just a nightmare on Downing Street but a total meltdown.

04.02.2022 - 05:36 [ Sky.com ]

Boris Johnson under pressure after four top aides quit Number 10 in mass exodus amid partygate fallout

Number 10 reveals both Dan Rosenfield, the PM’s chief of staff, and Martin Reynolds, Boris Johnson’s principal private secretary, are leaving their roles. It comes just hours after two other key advisers to the PM – press chief Jack Doyle and policy chief Munira Mirza – also resign.

02.02.2022 - 03:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson faces further pressure to resign after vice chairman of Tory 1922 Committee says he would ‚applaud‘ embattled PM if he ’stood aside‘ to allow Britain to ’start the process of heal​ing‘

– Sir Charles Walker said he would ‚applaud‘ Boris if he stood down over Partygate
– But vice chairman of 1922 Committee stopped short of demanding resignation
– Tory MP Peter Aldous earlier revealed he had submitted letter of no confidence
– The PM is currently in Ukraine, where tensions with Russia threaten to boil over

02.02.2022 - 03:47 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson attended leaving do during strict January lockdown

Boris Johnson attended a prosecco-fuelled leaving do for a No 10 aide during the strict post-Christmas lockdown, which is now under police investigation, the Guardian has learned.

Sue Gray’s investigation into lockdown parties this week revealed several events that had not previously been publicised, including a gathering on 14 January 2021 “on the departure of two No 10 private secretaries”. But the redacted report revealed no further details.

02.02.2022 - 03:30 [ Boris Johnson / Gov.uk ]

PM statement at Ukraine press conference: 1 February 2022

But we have to face a grim reality which is that as we stand here today Volodmyr, more than 100,000 Russian troops are gathering on your border in perhaps the biggest demonstration of hostility towards Ukraine in our lifetimes.

And the potential deployment dwarves the 30,000 troops Russia sent to invade Crimea in 2014. Since that time of course, as everybody knows, more than 13,000 Ukrainians have been killed and Ukraine has been plunged into nearly a decade of war.

It goes without saying that a further Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a political disaster, a humanitarian disaster, in my view would also be, for Russia, for the world, a military disaster as well. And the potential invasion completely flies in the face of President Putin’s claims to be acting in the interest of the Ukrainian people.

01.02.2022 - 13:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚He’s corroding the Conservative party like battery acid‘: Former Chief Whip slams Ukraine-bound Boris for running No10 like a ‚medieval court‘ as MPs force him to agree full Gray report WILL be published and cops mull 300 pics

– Police are poring over dossier of 300 Partygate photos with Carrie Johnson’s ‚party‘ under investigation
– Scotland Yard is examining eight dates on which 12 events are said to have taken place, with detectives gathering 500 pages of information
– Boris Johnson is understood to have attended at least four gatherings being probed by the Met Police officers
– Top civil servant Sue Gray has delivered report into claims of rule breaches, but made clear watered down

31.01.2022 - 14:37 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

If Tory MPs allow Boris Johnson to ride out this crisis they will only be inviting defeat

It comes to something when a police investigation into misconduct in No  10 and the danger of war in Europe are seen as helpful developments by supporters of the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson’s human shield is no longer Sue Gray, but the Metropolitan Police. Gray’s report, used by Downing Street to evade scrutiny about Covid rule breaches and by Conservative MPs to delay moving against the Prime Minister, will soon be published. But her account of the worst transgressions will be redacted, following an edict by the Met commissioner, Cressida Dick.

31.01.2022 - 08:00 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Party police may never reveal Downing Street law-breakers

Downing Street staff found to have broken Covid lockdown laws may never be publicly identified under the terms of the police investigation into the scandal, The Times understands.

Sue Gray, the senior Whitehall official who has been investigating up to 18 parties in Downing Street, is due to hand her report to Boris Johnson as early as today.

31.01.2022 - 05:34 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

U-turn on mandatory Covid vaccinations for NHS and social care workers

Mandatory Covid jabs for NHS and social care workers are set to be scrapped, The Telegraph can reveal, after warnings of crippling staff shortages if the plan went ahead.

Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, will on Monday meet fellow ministers on the Covid-Operations Cabinet committee to rubber stamp the decision on the about-turn.

29.01.2022 - 17:23 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak ‚thinks Boris Johnson WON’T survive Partygate and has ALEADY built a dummy campaign website as he prepares leadership bid‘

– Rishi Sunak ‚thinks Boris Johnson won’t survive Partygate and has built a dummy campaign website‘
– The Chancellor is said to be preparing a leadership campaign in the event the Prime Minister is deposed
– Mr Johnson is fighting for his political life as he awaits results of inquiry into ‚Partygate‘ drama
– His wife Carrie Johnson is accused of organising a cake for Mr Johnson’s 56th birthday party in June 2020
– Miss Gray is said to be furious that Scotland Yard has asked for a redacted version of her report
– The Met Police asked for only ‚minimal references‘ to ‚parties‘ at centre of the row to be in document

29.01.2022 - 17:16 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tom Tugendhat: I would run to replace Boris Johnson in a leadership contest

Tom Tugendhat has become the first Tory MP to say he would run to replace Boris Johnson in a leadership contest.

It comes less than 24 hours after reports that the Prime Minister will receive imminently the report from Sue Gray into alleged breaches of Covid restrictions during ‘partygate’.

28.01.2022 - 19:06 [ theGuardian.com ]

Sue Gray report facing further delay after Met police intervention

The Metropolitan police announced on Tuesday that they were launching their own investigation, prompting wrangling with the Cabinet Office about what needed to be censored in the findings handed to No 10 to avoid prejudicing officers’ inquiries.

Scotland Yard initially denied holding up Gray’s report, but in a statement on Friday it said that for events it was looking into “we asked for minimal reference to be made in the Cabinet Office report”.

28.01.2022 - 18:57 [ ´Telegraph.co.uk ]

No 10 denies claims it is behind Met’s request to edit ‘partygate’ report

The move by the force came as a surprise to many politicians, including Conservative MPs such as Aaron Bell, who said: “Almost by definition, these will be the events of greatest concern.”

The Prime Minister’s spokesperson today again reiterated the claim that the investigation by Sue Gray, a civil servant, into the alleged rule-breaking of civil servants and politicians, was “independent”.

27.01.2022 - 08:39 [ Spiked ]

Freedom at last

At the stroke of midnight, England became the freest country in Europe. From today, there’s no more mandatory masks, no more Covid passports and no more government guidance to work from home. The ‘Plan B’ restrictions have been allowed to expire.

That’s worth savouring for a moment.

27.01.2022 - 08:28 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

‘Save Boris’ fightback gathers pace as contrite Prime Minister meets rebel MPs in private

Boris Johnson has privately pleaded with at least 30 potential rebels in a bid to head off a leadership challenge, while allies have set up a 100-strong “save Boris” WhatsApp group, The Telegraph understands.

Several of the Prime Minister’s most loyal supporters are running a “shadow whipping operation” to bring wavering MPs back on side. They are telling rebels they do not have enough support on the Tory benches to reach the 54 letters of no confidence required to mount a challenge.

26.01.2022 - 19:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Another day without Sue Gray: Commons breaks up for the night with NO sign of Partygate report being handed to No10 as she wrangles with Downing Street aides’ lawyers and HR over findings – while PM sits and sweats

– Boris Johnson has run the gauntlet of PMQs as he waits nervously for the results of the Partygate inquiry
– Downing Street has not received the report yet, but it could be handed over by Cabinet Office imminently
– Sue Gray is understood to have told No 10 she expects findings to be released in full within ‚hours‘ of receipt
– Reports suggest Ms Gray has been handed photographs of Boris next to wine bottles at an alleged party
– Scotland Yard has announced that it is investigating lockdown breaches in Downing Street and in Whitehall
– Premier fighting on another front as leaked email suggests he did approve airlift of animal charity from Kabul
– Mr Johnson flatly denied involvement in the decision for stranded campaigner with links to his wife Carrie

26.01.2022 - 19:14 [ ORF,at ]

„Partygate“-Affäre: Johnson will nicht zurücktreten

Der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson will wegen der Affäre um Lockdown-Partys an seinem Amtssitz nicht zurücktreten. Das sagte der konservative Regierungschef heute während der Fragestunde im Parlament nach einer entsprechenden Aufforderung von Oppositionschef Keir Starmer von der oppositionellen Labour Party. Er könne sich zu der Angelegenheit wegen der laufenden Ermittlungen nicht äußern, so Johnson.

26.01.2022 - 13:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris heads for PMQs as his political life hangs in the balance: Sue Gray could publish damning Partygate report with pics of premier ‚by bottles of wine‘ TODAY with furious MPs poised to force confidence vote… before he has to face Cressida probe

The PM is taking the weekly session in the Commons still without having taken delivery of Sue Gray’s findings on the swathe of allegedly lockdown-busting gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall.

Tension is building at Westminster with so much on the line, as helicopters circle overhead.

25.01.2022 - 15:21 [ @FineLineDubai / Twitte ]

What’s the point of the Met Police investigating the No 10 Parties? Everyone knows Cressida Dick is biased in favour of Boris Johnson. We all know the truth won’t be told and justice will not be delivered. Another example of corruption & a waste of everyone’s time.

(…)

25.01.2022 - 15:17 [ nicki / Twitter ]

Partygate report to be delayed for WEEKS because of police probe: Met chief announces criminal investigation as ‚upset‘ Cabinet minister refuses to defend Boris’s birthday party (so has Cressida done PM a FAVOUR?)

25.01.2022 - 14:51 [ BBC ]

Police to investigate Downing Street lockdown parties

Commissioner Cressida Dick said they were looking into „potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations“ in Downing Street and Whitehall since 2020.

25.01.2022 - 14:45 [ ORF.at ]

Partys in Downing Street: Polizei leitet Ermittlungen ein

So sollen Kollegen von Regierungsmitarbeitern mit der Veröffentlichung kompromittierenden Materials in der Presse bedroht und eingeschüchtert worden sein, sagte Wragg dem „Telegraph“. Damit solle ein parteiinternes Misstrauensvotum verhindert werden. Die Parteimitglieder hätten erklärtermaßen oder mutmaßlich eine Abstimmung über die Parteiführung des Premierministers angestrebt.