Partygate: Dominic Cummings says Met Police never sent him questionnaire about Downing Street lockdown parties | Political news



Dominic Cummings said the Metropolitan Police never asked him for evidence as part of their investigation into the lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street.

Boris Johnsonthe former adviser was asked if he was fined by the police after concluded its investigation last weekimposing 126 fines on 83 politicians and civil servants, including one on the Prime Minister.

He replied on Twitter: “No, I didn’t even send a questionnaire or an email asking for proof.”

Mr Cummings was the Prime Minister’s right-hand man until November 2020.

The Met investigation covered events in Downing Street from May 2020 to April 2021.

Mr Cummings’ revelation comes after Acting Met Commissioner Sir Stephen House defended his forces’ nearly four-month-long investigation.

Sir Stephen insisted that detectives made decisions “based on facts and were appropriate”.

However, detectives have come under intense scrutiny during their investigation after the Prime Minister was only fined once but was pictured at other events – which civil servant Sue Gray confirmed in her report which he attended.

People suspected of having attended events were given questionnaires to be completed by the police. They were legal documents.

Mr Cummings is mentioned six times in Ms Gray’s report, identifying him as present at two events included in his investigation.

One was a gathering in the Downing Street garden on May 15, 2020, where Mr Cummings was pictured with the Prime Minister and his wife and others, with bottles of wine and a cheese platter.

Ms Gray said the event was a continuation of work meetings and was not investigated by police.

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Mr Cummings was also identified by Ms Gray as being at a start for a private secretary No 10 on June 18, 2020, for which others were fined.

It lasted until 3am and involved a karaoke machine and ‘excessive drinking’, with one person sick and a ‘minor altercation between two other people’, Ms Gray said.

But Mr Cummings argued that the event was actually in two parts, and that he was not at the later event and believes no one at the earlier part was fined.


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