The Metropolitan Police will investigate allegations of lockdown-breaking parties held in Number 10 Downing Street and across Whitehall, Commissioner Cressida Dick has announced.
Dick announced the force is investigating “a number of” events that took place throughout the pandemic after Sue Gray referred the matter to them.
The Met had previously said it would not probe the parties, citing a lack of evidence to look into retrospective breaches , but said its stance had change after receiving “outline findings” from Sue Gray’s inquiry.
Speaking at the London Assembly this morning, Dick said Scotland Yard was not investigating all the alleged parties and would not be providing a “running commentary”.
Dick said: “What I can tell you this morning is that as a result firstly of the information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and secondly my officers’ own assessment, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations.”
However, Dick added that the Met’s investigation would not mean punishments for all involved – and refused to say which parties are being investigated.