Richmond MP Rishi Sunak and Prime Minister to receive lockdown party fines

Rishi Sunak at a Government press briefing. Photo: by Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street.

Richmond MP and Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Prime Minister are set to receive fines for attending parties during lockdown, Number 10 has confirmed.

A No 10 spokesperson said: “The prime minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have today received notification that the Metropolitan police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices.

“We have no further details, but we will update you again when we do.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on the pair to resign, saying the police fines prove they had “broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public”.

“They must both resign,the Conservatives are totally unfit to govern. Britain deserves better”.

More than 30 fines were announced by the force this morning, bringing the number of confirmed Covid breaches on government premises to more than 50.

The force said it had now made more than 50 referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to the ACRO Criminal Records Office over breaches of Covid-19 regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street.

The identities of people issued with FPNs have not been disclosed publicly by the Met, nor the event a fine relates to.

In a statement updating the public on Operation Hillman – as the partygate probe is known – the Met said it is continuing to review evidence and further fines could be issued.

It said: “We are making every effort to progress this investigation at speed, this includes continuing to assess significant amounts of investigative material from which further referrals may be made to ACRO.”

The ACRO Criminal Records Office will accept the referrals and is responsible for issuing the fines.