Tory chairman says “quite a speculation” to believe the prime minister will receive more fines

The Tory party chairman said it was “quite a speculation” to suggest that the prime minister will receive additional fines as part of the police investigation into allegations of lockdown parties in No. 10.

Downing Street is said to be prepared for Boris Johnson to receive another fixed fine notice (FPN) after police allegedly began issuing fines on Friday in connection with a “bring your own bottle” of drinks in Garden No. 10 on May 20, 2020.

Oliver Dowden seemed to argue that it was not a sure bet that the leader of the Conservative party would be sentenced to another £ 50 fine for breaking his own coronavirus laws.

The Cabinet Secretary, asked in the BBC’s Sunday Morning program about the prospect of further fines for Mr Johnson, said: “I think, in relation to these fines, we just have to let the police investigation happen.

“I think it’s a bit of a speculation to assume that more fines will be issued.”

No 10 said on Friday that the Prime Minister had not been fined in relation to the BYOB assembly, but he has previously admitted that he attended the rally, which was held during England’s first lockdown, for about 25 minutes.

Johnson has insisted to MPs that he thought it was a working event to thank the staff for their efforts during the pandemic.

The Metropolitan Police have already imposed a fine on Mr Johnson, along with his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, for their part in a birthday party for the Prime Minister in June 2020, when Covid rules banned indoor gatherings.

About 30 guests are said to have sung Happy Birthday to him in the cabinet room.

As a resolute defense of Mr Johnson’s handling of the so-called partygate case, the Conservative chairman, Mr Dowden, said he did not believe a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister had become inevitable, as some members of his party have claimed.

He also said he believed the Prime Minister would lead the Tories into the next parliamentary elections, which are currently scheduled for January 2025.

The former cultural secretary claimed that a change of country leader during the current cost of living crisis and with a war raging in Ukraine would create “instability and insecurity”.

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