Scotland Yard was under mounting pressure last night to investigate the Prime Minister for “potentially unlawful conduct” after he admitted to attending the party at No 10 during lockdown.
Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick faced demands to question Boris Johnson under caution as part of a full criminal probe into “illegal assembly” on May 20, 2020.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey wrote to her: “It is important that you take urgent action to investigate potentially unlawful conduct by all participants in the party, including Boris Johnson.”
He urged Dame Cressida to “reassure the public that there is not one rule for her and another for Boris Johnson” by confirming that police would investigate the “illegal assembly” and interview the Prime Minister with caution.
Hit Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick (pictured) faced calls to question Boris Johnson under caution as part of a full criminal probe into the “illegal assembly” on May 20, 2020
He suggested that all participants, including Mr Johnson, “should be charged and fined in the same way as ordinary members of the public”.
More than 17,700 people have been fined by the Met for breaking Covid laws during the pandemic, including 113 for holding a gathering of more than 30 people, figures show. Sir Ed, MP for Kingston, said: “Police need to reassure the public that justice is being done.”
Former Shadow Attorney General Lord Falconer also said Mr Johnson should be fined or charged and suggested a judge would not accept his “ridiculous” explanation that the party was a labor event.
“The Prime Minister has admitted that he attended an event that broke the law,” he told Radio 4’s World at One. “He broke the law and he admitted it.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey wrote to her, saying: “It is important that you take urgent action to investigate potentially unlawful conduct by all participants in the party, including Boris Johnson.”
“The police should either fine him a hefty fine or charge him in light of this confession.”
He added: “The public must be able to trust that the law applies equally to everyone.
“If the Prime Minister admits a breach of these critical laws, it cannot simply be swept under the rug.”
The Metropolitan Police yesterday said their position had not changed, insisting it was up to the Cabinet Office to investigate.