London Mayor Sadiq Khan asks police for explanation of No 10 Partygate fines

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan asks police for explanation of No 10 Partygate fines

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has asked the Met Police for a "detailed explanation" of how it decided who to fine during its investigation into No 10 parties.

The mayors spokesperson said Mr Khan was concerned a "lack of clarity" was eroding "trust" in the police.

The police completed their inquiry last week having issued 126 fines, including one for the prime minister.

However, photos of Boris Johnson at a leaving do have raised questions about why he did not receive a second fine.

Pictures obtained by ITV News are believed to show the prime minister at a leaving party for his communications chief Lee Cain on 13 November 2020.

The BBC has been told that at least one person who attended the event was fined, but the PM was not.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the pictures were "difficult to look at" but said the police would have "thoroughly investigated" the event.

Following the release of the photographs on Monday evening, the Liberal Democrats wrote to the Independent Office for Police Conduct asking the body to investigate the polices inquiry.

Now, Labour London Mayor Mr Khan has written to the acting commissioner of the Met, Sir Stephen House, to "seek a detailed explanation of the factors which were taken into account by investigating officers when decisions were made about whether to take action in individual cases in the Downing Street Partygate investigation".

His spokesman said he had asked the police "to take steps to also reassure Londoners by making this explanation to them directly, because he is concerned that the trust and confidence of Londoners in the police is being further eroded by this lack of clarity".

"The mayor has been clear he cannot and would not intervene in operational decisions, however with the investigation now complete, he has made this request in accordance with the Policing Protocol Order 2011 paragraph 23(g)."



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