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Met Police will investigate lockdown-busting Downing St parties

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METROPOLITAN police chief Cressida Dick has announced an investigation into “offences” across Whitehall during lockdown. 

The force has come under fire in recent months for refusing to probe the revelations about gatherings and parties in Downing Street and other UK Government departments during the pandemic. 

Today the force Commissioner Ms Dick has announced a change in stance following information received from Sue Gray, the civil servant investigating the saga. 

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The Met’s confirmation that they will now investigate may, however, lead to a delay in Ms Gray’s report being published due to the ongoing police probe.

Speaking this morning, Ms Dick said: “As a result of the information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and my officers own I can confirm the Met are investigating a number of offences that took place in Downing Street and Whitehall over the past two years that appear to have breached regulations.”

It comes after Downing Street confirmed last night that Boris Johnson had attended a gathering for his birthday in June 2020, in the Cabinet room at No.10.

Pressure is continuing to grow for Mr Johnson as he faces calls to resign from every opposition party as well as from within his own ranks. 

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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