Met pledges to probe partygate 'without fear or favour' after receiving 'material' from No10

1/28/2022 10:28:00 PM

The Met has pledged to investigate allegations of lockdown-breaching parties at No10 'without fear or favour', confirming it has received 'material' from the Cabinet Office.

The Met has pledged to investigate allegations of lockdown-breaching parties at No10 'without fear or favour', confirming it has received 'material' from the Cabinet Office.

The Met Police has promised to investigate allegations of lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street 'without fear or favour' and has confirmed it received 'material', requested to support its probe, from the Cabinet Office.

"It is beyond my comprehension. Everyone knows what happened," he said, criticising the force for not launching its own inquiry sooner."It would be very odd if nothing had been passed up the chain."“You know whether you went and this game that the prime minister is playing where he won’t say until somebody tells him what he tells them is frankly ridiculous.

"Any appearance of an establishment stitch-up between the Met Commissioner and the Government is profoundly damaging. Police officers need the trust and confidence of the public to do their jobs and keep our communities safe."The PM has faced repeated calls to resign over the saga, including from some backbench Tory MPs and Scottish Conservatives.

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Yawn Remember Johnson told Parliament “all rules has been followed”. He doesn’t need to be prosecuted to have to resign. If others broke the law he lied to Parliament 🥾🥾🥾 What about checking out all people that got full income in pandemic while others got very little Utter bollocks. And they’ll take weeks to tell us nothing.

This is nothing short of cynically concerted obstruction between Cressida Dick and Boris Johnson! If this appalling interference is allowed to prevail, democracy as we once perceived it, it will have been proven to have been consigned to the dustbin! The metpoliceuk should be investigated by another police force. Institutional corruption and not even pretending any more

Maida Vale killings: Met refers itself to watchdog as thousands demand ‘hero’ driver avoids chargesThousands of people signed a petition demanding that a “heroic” driver, who knocked down and killed a knifeman does not face criminal charges At worst he should only be charged for 'DROPPING RUBBISH'.

Tennessee school board’s ‘demented’ ban on Holocaust novel Maus met with angerPulitzer prize-winning author Art Spiegelman called the decision ‘demented’

We don’t need Sue Gray’s report to tell us that Britain is run by a liar | Jonathan FreedlandThe Met police delay of the partygate report will only deepen the public feeling that those in authority cannot be trusted, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland So why are people asking for it? Dangerous times TeaJunkie1 If Britain is run by a liar, who is responsible for The Guardian's disgusting efforts to get that liar elected in 2019?🤨🤮

Partygate report 'should have minimal reference to potential crimes'In an extraordinary shift, it has emerged that police have told the Cabinet Office the long-awaited report should feature 'minimal reference' to the most serious lockdown breaches. THIS should be your headline along with 8 or 9 side stories! We've waited for this report, and now that corruption has squashed the report about PARTYGATE, to NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING ABOUT PARTYGATE, THIS should be today's HUGE breaking story, and you put 1 medium sized story out Has nobody bothered to Google or Wiki the fact that Cressida Dick and Boris Johnson went to the same Oxford college? 2/2 times and is an outright liar. This is seen on tele/internet children and young people see it and rightfully say 'why should we follow the law when the people that made them don't?' Tories are the party for the family and the rule of law...Rhubarb.

Peston: Boris Johnson slammed over ‘Partygate’ by Labour frontbencher - ‘Taking the mickeyBORIS JOHNSON has been slammed by a Labour frontbencher who claimed the public is 'bored' by the wait for the Sue Gray report into the alleged lockdown parties.

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D-Day for Boris? Partygate report 'fairly imminent' Liz Truss tells LBC The move was questioned by a senior police source, who told LBC it would be unusual if officers guarding Downing Street had not already passed information up to their bosses.The Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the police watchdog over the fatal stabbing of a woman in west London, as thousands of people signed a petition demanding that a “heroic” driver who knocked down and killed the knifeman does not face criminal charges.has prompted angry reactions online, along with condemnation from the author himself.documents emerged saying Johnson intervened personally to help Pen Farthing get his animals out of Kabul – ahead of desperate Afghans whose help for Britain had put a Taliban target on their backs – despite the prime minister’s insistence that he had done no such thing.

He could not understand why the Met had told Ms Gray to keep the references to events it is investigating to a minimum. "It is beyond my comprehension. A 26-year-old motorist, believed to be an electrician from Chechnya who was on his way to work, is alleged to have run over and killed the knifeman, Leon McCaskre, during the assault, before being arrested on suspicion of murder. Everyone knows what happened," he said, criticising the force for not launching its own inquiry sooner. On the McMinn County School board, 10 members unanimously agreed in favour of removing the novel from the eighth-grade curriculum, citing its use of eight curse words including the phrase “God Damn” and drawings of “naked pictures” of women. "They are so far behind the curve, if they had done it straight away it would have been straight forward," he said. At the time of the killing, McCaskre, 41, was wanted for allegedly breaching a stalking restraint order and not turning up for a court hearing. "It is terribly straight forward – there's lots of cops about, there's lots of dairies… I would line the cops up [and ask them if they knew anything]. The effect in the US is obvious enough: Trump, in office and out of it, has entrenched a situation in which a large chunk of the American population inhabits a realm heedless of truth, evidence and science.

"It would be very odd if nothing had been passed up the chain.org entitled: “Maida Vale driver is a hero and shouldn’t be charged with murder”.” Recommended Calls for school book burnings and bans on the rise, researchers say Allman clarified he was “not denying” that the genocide and murder of six million Jews during the second world war was “horrible, brutal, and cruel”, but said it is “not wise or healthy” for children to be shown a book that “shows people hanging” and “shows them killing kids”." Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said on a visit to Glasgow: “The prime minister is spending all this time arguing about whether this report should be redacted or not in relation to criminal proceedings into his breach of the laws. “He’s also using both Sue Gray and the police as a shield. He acted to stop this horror. You don’t need Sue Gray, a senior civil servant, or the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to tell you whether you went to a party.” He added: “We can tell them exactly what happened, but we don’t need all the nakedness and all the other stuff. “You know whether you went and this game that the prime minister is playing where he won’t say until somebody tells him what he tells them is frankly ridiculous. It is alleged that McCaskre physically abused Ms Chkaifi during their two-year relationship. He could, for example, have defended his role in the Kabul pet airlift.

"But I think the big ticket item here is the paralysis of our politics caused by a criminal investigation brought about because of the activities of the prime minister.” Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: "So first the police were waiting for Sue Gray, now Sue Gray has to wait for the police? "Any appearance of an establishment stitch-up between the Met Commissioner and the Government is profoundly damaging. McCaskre had missed a scheduled court appearance on January 4 at Westminster Magistrates Court where he was due to face a charge of breaching an order that forbade him from contacting Ms Chkaifi.” The board eventually agreed that Maus should be banned from the school completely. Police officers need the trust and confidence of the public to do their jobs and keep our communities safe." Mr Johnson said he would allow all of Ms Gray's findings to be released - while questions have been raised over whether the Met's probe would impact Ms Gray's inquiry. A spokesman from the IOPC said: “We can confirm that we have received a referral from the Metropolitan Police regarding their contact with Yasmin Chkaifi prior to her tragic death in Maida Vale, London on 24 January. It has not been confirmed when the report will be released or if Ms Gray has made a decision on delaying publication because of the Met's probe. He also called the ban “Orwellian”. It was once taboo for a chancellor to reveal any of his budget until he had delivered it: in 1947, Hugh Dalton had to resign for breaking that unwritten rule.

The PM has faced repeated calls to resign over the saga, including from some backbench Tory MPs and Scottish Conservatives. The driver was said to be a married father of two, with a pregnant wife, who was on his way to work when he drove past the horrific attack. Read more: 'There wasn't a cake': Tory MP reveals Boris wasn't 'ambushed' for birthday bash He has signalled his determination to fight on, telling critics to wait for Ms Gray’s report, whilst saying he does not believe he fell foul of the law. He has apologised for attending a "bring your own booze" event in the Downing Street garden, which he said he attended for less than half an hour. He stood up for what is right and should not be punished. There’s something going on very, very haywire there. He told MPs he regretted not ordering staff to go back indoors during the May 2020 do, when England was under lockdown. No10 also had to say sorry to the Queen over a do held by staff on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral, which the monarch attended under Covid rules. Will the Johnson effect spread beyond Westminster, so that even among regular people the taboo on lying erodes? It’s tempting to laugh that off, to insist that few Britons base their day-to-day behaviour on the conduct of politicians.

These are just two of a series of "partygate" allegations levied against Downing Street and Whitehall. It made me a better person, a more empathetic and compassionate person. Speaking on Thursday, Mr Johnson said he was "absolutely not" delaying Ms Gray's report publication, and when asked if he would publish it in full he told reporters: "Of course." It has been reported the report is being looked over by lawyers for issues relating to the police probe, but Downing Street said it was "hypothetically" possible for it to be released on Friday. It is widely anticipated to be brought out next week. On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is more important than ever for students to learn this history. The Attorney General, Suella Braverman, was seen entering No10 late on Thursday, while The Telegraph said anyone who police can prove attended the gatherings will be issued with a fixed penalty notice. It’s naive to think that they are not affected, or contaminated, by the actions of the man at the top.

Reports suggest they could face £100 fines. LBC correspondent Rachael Venables says: By waiting until Sue Gray was getting ready to hit 'send' on her infamous report, the Met Police seem to have handed a significant win to the Government.” Art Spiegelman in 2012 “ Maus is a graphic novel that tells a Holocaust survivor’s tale. Remember, they were first asked to look into parties at Downing Street two months ago; repeatedly declining to investigate before that dramatic U-turn on Tuesday. They were already facing tough questions about their own knowledge of lockdown-busting bashes. Downing Street is one of the most heavily guarded, police-surveilled locations in the UK. It is powerful. The death threats against Dr Anthony Fauci are so frequent and severe, he now has 24-hour armed security .

With lurid reports now of DJs, broken swing-sets and suitcases full of wine - could the officers on guard really have been unaware of such breaches, when their colleagues were prosecuting others across the country for similar crimes? Now we hear they've asked Sue Gray to only make "minimal reference" to the events they are investigating. Events which, inevitably, would be the most serious of claims made against the staff at Number 10. We don't know if Sue Gray will comply, but questions now swirl; will the report even be published at all, with those most damning parts "watered down"? It's inadvertently bought Boris Johnson the most valuable commodity of all – time - to shape the narrative, and try to pull his rebellious backbenchers into order. The cursing is necessary. He may not survive the fall-out from the police investigation in the long-term, but for now, he can breathe a momentary sigh of relief. . Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist Topics.