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Boris Johnson has offered a “wholehearted apology” in his first Commons appearance since being fined by police for breaking his own lockdown rules.

The Prime Minister addressed MPs in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon.

He told MPs he did not knowingly break the rules at a 2020 birthday party at No 10, and has urged MPs to focus on pressing issues such as the invasion of Ukraine.

He said: “I paid the fine immediately and I offered the British people a full apology, and I take this opportunity on the first available sitting day to repeat my wholehearted apology to the House.”

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer branded the apology “a joke” and challenged Conservatives to jettison the PM.

Mr Johnson, along with his wife Carrie Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, were fined by the Metropolitan Police for attending a birthday party thrown in his honour in the Cabinet room in June 2020, while coronavirus restrictions were in place.

PM ‘criticises Archbishop of Canterbury’ over ‘misconstrued’ Rwanda asylum seeker policy

21:11 , Matt Watts

Boris Johnson is said to have criticised senior members of the clergy for having “misconstrued” the policy of sending some asylum seekers to Rwanda, in criticism of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Sources close to the Prime Minister said he told Tory MPs in a private meeting it was a “good policy” despite some “criticism on the BBC and from senior members of the clergy” who he said “had been less vociferous in their condemnation on Easter Sunday of Putin than they were on our policy of illegal immigrants”.

Woman who lost father to Covid criticises Boris over ‘disrespect given to the British public'

20:27 , Matt Watts

A woman who lost her father to Covid has criticised Boris Johnson for the “disrespect given to the British public, but particularly to the bereaved and the ones that we lost”.

Susie Crozier-Flintham’s father Howard Crozier, a care home resident with dementia and Parkinson’s, died in hospital during the first national lockdown.

The 81-year-old was being treated for pneumonia in March 2020 but caught coronavirus after a patient with the virus was admitted on to his ward.

His daughte, 45, described him as a “full of life character” who she shared laughter and jokes with and who “wasn’t a man who was waiting to die”.

During his final days in hospital, she was only able to see her “frightened” father for 10 minutes at a time, in full PPE, which she said was “harrowing”.

Mrs Crozier-Flintham, from Sunderland, told the PA news agency: “He needs to go, there needs to be an investigation and I need the Covid inquiry to start.

“If he stays in post it’s like being gaslit, gaslit in a moment of intense grief.”

Boris gets friendly welcome as he meets Tory MPs at meeting

20:13 , Matt Watts

Boris Johnson has been met by sustained banging ‘and ‘the odd whoop’ as he arrived to address Tory politicians in a private meeting in Parliament, according to reports.

Covid campaign group calls on PM to resign

19:02 , Daniel Keane

The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group said Boris Johnson will need to leave office before grieving families "move on from partygate".

Safiah Ngah, spokeswoman and group member, lost her father Zahari Ngah, 68, to Covid in February 2021.

She said: “Today's apology from the Prime Minister was the words of someone who is sorry they've been caught, not someone who regrets the harm they've done.

“There are already over 50 partygate fines issued aside from his own, and many more parties to be investigated, including in his own flat.

“His claim that he didn't realise rules were being broken is just laughable, and shows he still takes us for idiots.”

PM’s position ‘untenable’, claims shadow minister

18:36 , Daniel Keane

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary has claimed that Boris Johnson’s position is “completely untenable”.

He told LBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “This whole furore has been appalling. It reflects badly on our politics.

“When this was first raised, the PM said there was no parties and then we found out that there were.

“What sets this apart from another PM is that he not only broke the rules that he wrote... he then lied about it.”

Watch: Moment Conservative MP Mark Harper tells Boris Johnson he should no longer be PM

18:14 , Daniel Keane

Tory MP urges PM to explore Marshall Plan for Ukraine

18:02 , Daniel Keane

A Conservative MP asked the PM if he would consider putting Britain "at the forefront of a new Marshall plan to rebuild Ukraine after Putin has been defeated".

Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry said: “I wonder if he would consider putting Britain at the forefront of a new Marshall plan to rebuild Ukraine after Putin has been defeated and fund this in part by assets confiscated by the British state from Russian oligarchs?”

Boris Johnson replied: "Can I thank my right honourable friend for his excellent suggestion? It's one indeed that the UK Government is already pursuing.”

PM declines to say whether he will let Sue Grey publish full report

17:54 , Daniel Keane

Mr Johnson did not say whether he will authorise Sue Gray to publish her final report in full.

Conservative MP Julian Lewis (New Forest East) asked: “Does my right honourable friend have the power to authorise Sue Gray to publish her report in full? And if so, will he use that power in order to put an end to this matter, so that we do not get diverted away as we are being from such crucial questions as supplying armaments to Ukrainian democrats.”

Mr Johnson replied: “I thank my right honourable friend very much, but I think it’s very important that the Met should conclude their investigation before Sue Gray’s final report.”

Steve Baker says he accepts PM’s apology

17:47 , Daniel Keane

Tory MP Steve Baker, for Wycombe, says he accepts the PM’s apology.

“My right honourable friend could not have made a more humble apology.

“Justice leading into mercy relies on an old fashioned concept - that is repentance.

“But what assurance can he give us that nothing of this kind will ever happen again?”

The PM responds: “I wish this hadn’t happened. What I’ve already done is take steps to change the way we do things in No10.”

Rayner attacks PM’s partygate excuse

17:42 , Daniel Keane

PM denies misleading the Commons

17:38 , Daniel Keane

Mr Johnson is asked directly by Conservative MP Peter Bone, “Did you deliberately mislead the House?”

He replies: “No.”

Harper submits no confidence letter to Graham Brady

17:33 , Daniel Keane

Mr Harper has posted his letter to Sir Graham Brady expressing no confidence in the prime minister here.

“Integrity is about doing the right thing, even when no one is looking,” he writes.

Tory MP calls on Johnson to resign

17:29 , Daniel Keane

Tory MP Mark Harper has called on the prime minister to resign.

He says: “I strongly support the Government’s actions in standing up to Putin.

“It’s at a time like this that our country needs a PM that exemplifies the values of decency and democracy.

“The PM has not been straightforward about this issue, and now asks the decent men and women on these benches to defend the indefensible.

“I no longer think he is worthy of hte great office that he holds.”

The PM responds: “I know that the care and sincerity with which he weighs his words and I bitterly regret what has happened.”

Tory MP suggests FPN doesn’t amount to breaking the law

17:24 , Daniel Keane

Tory MP Bill Cash suggests that receiving a fixed penalty notice (FPN) does not amount to breaking the law.

However, Mr Johnson responds that he “in no way minimises the importance of this fine”.

Blackford: PM is only sorry because he’s been caught

17:22 , Daniel Keane

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford says that Mr Johnson is only apologising as he has “been caught.”

Mr Blackford says: “The rules of this house prevent me from saying the PM misled this hosuse.

“The public have made up their minds. They know the difference between the truth and a lie.

“They know that the PM is only apologising for one reason - because he’s been caught.”

Starmer urges Tory MPs to ‘bring an end to this shameful chapter'

17:19 , Daniel Keane

Sir Keir adds: “There are many decent honourable members opposite who do respect hte British public. They know things can’t go on as they are.

“They know it’s their responsibility to bring an end to this shameful chapter. I urge them once again: don’t follow the slipstream of an out of control prime minister.

“Put their country first. Remove the prime minister from office.

“Bring honesty and integrity back into our politics.”

Starmer: This is not a speeding ticket

17:15 , Daniel Keane

Sir Keir Starmer attacks Tory minister Brandon Lewis who claimed that receiving the FPN was “like getting a speeding ticket”.

He says: “It’s not the same as a speeding ticket.

“No one has ever broken down in tears because they couldn’t drive over 20mph.

“Don’t insult the public with this nonsense.”

‘What a joke’, says Starmer

17:12 , Daniel Keane

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer dismisses the PM’s excuses over partygate as a “joke”.

He says: “The damage is done. The public have made up their mind. They don’t believe a word the PM says.

“As ever, those close to him find themselves ruined.

“Good ministers forced to walk away from public service. The Chancellor’s career up in flames... the Scottish Conservative leader rendered pathetic.

“For all those unfamiliar with this PM’s career – this isn’t some fixable glitch in the system… it’s what he does and who he is.”

UK ‘must wean itself off Russian gas'

17:09 , Daniel Keane

Mr Johnson says that the UK must wean itself off Russian gas following the invasion of Ukraine.

“We will help millions of families with the cost of living.

“My job is to make the British people safer and more prosperous and that is what I will do.”

PM: ‘We must strengthen Ukraine so that Russia never invades again'

17:08 , Daniel Keane

Mr Johnson goes on to congratulate Ukraine for repelling the Russian invasion after their forces failed to capture Kyiv.

He said that on a visit to the Ukrainian capital, he had reiterated Britain’s support for the country to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“The urgency is greater now because Putin has regrouped his forces and launched an invasion in the Donbas,” he added.

“Our long term goal must be to strengthen and fortify Ukraine to the point that Russia never invades again.”

PM: I didn’t know I was breaking the rules

17:06 , Daniel Keane

Mr Johnson went on: “Let me also say, not by mitigation or excuse, that it did not occur to me then or subsequently that a gathering in the cabinet room before a vital meeting on Covid strategy could amount to a breach of the rules.

“That was my mistake - I apologise unreservedly.

“I respect the outcome of the police investigation.”

PM apologies for lockdown fine

17:05 , Daniel Keane

Boris Johnson has apologised to MPs for attending a gathering during lockdown in 2020.

He said: “On April 12 I received a fixed penalty notice relating to an event on June 19 2020.

“I paid the fine immediately and I offered the British people a full apology.

“I would like to repeat my wholehearted apology to the house.

“As soon as I received the notice, I acknowledged the hurt and the anger. I said that people had a right to expect better of their prime minister. I repeat that again in the House now.”

16:59 , Daniel Keane

Conservative former cabinet minister David Davis raised questions over “compensation claims” in the Rwanda refugee scheme.

The MP for Haltemprice and Howden said: “The World Bank has said that Rwanda has one of the highest incidences of malaria in the world.

“Our own Government website warns travellers about hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid, cholera and tuberculosis, not to mention rabies and dengue fever which can’t be vaccinated against.

“So what is the Government going to do both from an ethical and moral point of view and to protect the British taxpayer against compensation claims to protect the asylum seekers who go to Rwanda?”

Ms Patel replied that the partnership with the Rwandan government is “based upon support directly to them but also technical expertise in terms of resettlement, education, training but also... providing care in terms of the health and resettlement needs of those individuals.”

‘Home Office decision making has collapsed'

16:43 , Daniel Keane

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper told MPs that Home Office decision-making has "totally collapsed".

She said: "She says we are going to save money on hotels, but the only reason we are paying a fortune in hotel costs, it's because the Home Office decision-making has totally collapsed.

"On her watch, Home Office are only taking 14,000 initial asylum decisions a year. That is half what they were doing five years ago. Half. Taking fewer decisions than Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, never mind France and Germany.”

Watch: Priti Patel address House of Commons

16:31 , Daniel Keane

Deal ‘is major blow to people smugglers’, Patel claims

16:20 , Daniel Keane

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the deal with Rwanda "deals a major blow to people smugglers and their evil trade in human cargo".

Addressing the "bespoke" agreement with Rwanda, she said it is "comparable with all our domestic and international legal obligations".

She added: "The United Nations has used Rwanda for several years to relocate refugees. And of course it was the European Union who first funded this.

“This agreement deals a major blow to people smugglers and their evil trade in human cargo."

Ms Patel also told MPs the Ministry of Defence has taken command of small boat operations in the Channel and every small boat incident will be "investigated to determine who piloted the boat, and could therefore be liable for prosecution".

Priti Patel: Change is needed because people are dying

16:08 , Elly Blake

Home Secretary Priti Patel said “change is needed because people are dying attempting to come to the UK”, outlining rising costs and abuses of the system and saying British taxpayers have “had enough”.

She told MPs: “This partnership is the type of international co-operation needed to make the global immigration system fairer, keep people safe, and give them opportunities to flourish. This will help break the people smugglers’ business model and prevent the loss of life, while ensuring protection for those who are genuinely vulnerable.

“This Government is delivering the first comprehensive overhaul of the asylum system and this type of illegal migration in decades. At the heart of this approach is fairness. Access to the UK’s asylum system must be based on need, not the ability to pay people smugglers.

“And the demand on the current system, the cost to British taxpayers and the scandalous abuses are increasing. The British public have rightly had enough. Our new plan for immigration will improve and support those directly fleeing oppression, persecution and tyranny through safe and legal routes.

“It will deter illegal and dangerous routes of entry to the UK, make it easier to remove those with no right to be in the UK, and provide a common sense approach to controlling immigration both legal and illegal.”

Priti Patel: ‘This type of illegal migration puts unsustainable pressures on our public services'

16:04 , Elly Blake

Home Secretary Priti Patel told MPs: “This Government has done more than any other in recent history to support those fleeing persecution, conflict or instability, but we cannot focus our support on those who need it most or effectively control our borders without tackling illegal migration which is facilitated by people smugglers.”

She said: “In recent years alone we have welcomed more than 185,000 people through safe and legal routes… In addition we have welcomed more than 40,000 people in recent years through our refugee family reunion routes.”

Ms Patel added: “Serious organised criminals that profit from human misery, who do not care about people drowning in the Channel or suffocating in the back of containers.”

She went on: “This type of illegal migration puts unsustainable pressures on our public services and local communities. Every day the broken asylum system costs the taxpayer almost £5 million in hotel accommodation alone. The cost of the asylum system is the highest in over two decades at over £1.5 billion.”

Labour criticises Rwanda plans and questions its cost

16:02 , Elly Blake

Shadow Home Secretary has said government plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda is an “unworkable and desperate” attempt to distract from partygate.

She said Priti Patel is undermining “not just respect for the rule of law but also her office by providing cover for him.”

Ms Cooper told MPs: “The policies that she has announced today are unworkable, unethical and extortionate in the cost for the British tax payer.

“We’ve had no information from the home secretary about the costs today. Will she admit the £120m she’s announced doesn’t pay for a single person to be transferred, she hasn’t even got an agreement on the price for each person.

“In fact, the £120m is the eye-watering price the Home Office is paying just for a press release. So what’s the rest of the cost?”

Former prime minister Theresa May says she disagrees with Rwanda pans

15:59 , Elly Blake

Theresa May, former PM and Home Secretary, has said she disagrees with the Rwanda policy on the grounds of “legality, practicality and efficacy”.

Mrs May said she believes the policy will increase the trafficking of women and girls.

Priti Patel said she would be happy to meet with Mrs May to discuss the plans and ease her concerns.

Permanent secretary did not oppose agreement, says Priti Patel

15:56 , Elly Blake

Home Secretary Priti Patel said “the permanent secretary did not oppose this agreement, nor assert that it is poor value for money”.

Speaking about the agreement with Rwanda, she told the Commons: “In relation to accounting officer advice, contrary to reports in the newspapers, the permanent secretary did not oppose this agreement, nor assert that it is poor value for money. Rather he stated in his role as accounting officer that the policy is regular, proper and feasible, but there is not currently sufficient evidence to demonstrate value for money.

“It is the job of ministers to take decisions, and it’s the job of ministers more often than not to take tough decisions in the interests of our country.”

Priti Patel says Rwanda plan will ‘break people smuggler’s business model'

15:48 , Elly Blake

Priti Patel has said the UK’s aslyum system should be “based on need, not on the ability to pay people smugglers”.

She defended the plans to send some migrants to Rwanda by saying it had “fairness” at its heart and would help people fleeing persecution, conflict and tyranny.

She told MPs: “We cannot sustain a parallel illegal system. Our compassion may be infinite, but our capacity to help people is not. But this is why the new plan for immigration and its legislative vehicle the Nationality and Borders Bill are so vital….

“At the heart of this Government’s approach is a simple principle: fairness. Access to the UK’s asylum system should be based on need, not on the ability to pay people smugglers.”

Priti Patel says UK must ‘break evil and lethal business model’ of human traffickers

15:44 , Elly Blake

Home Secretary Priti Patel has defended plans to tackle illegal immigration by sending some aslyum seekers to Rwanda.

She began her statement by saying the government has a longstanding commitment to welcome asylum seekers who arrive in the UK using legal routes, including those from Syria, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and, more recently, Ukraine.

“We cannot focus our support on those who need it most, or effectively control our borders without tackling illegal migration,” she said, adding this is facilitated by criminals who profit on “human misery”.

“Who do not care about people drowning in the Channel or suffocating in the back of containers.”

She said that the cost of the asylum system is the “highest for two decades”.

The Home Secretary said it should be “based on need, not on the ability to pay people smugglers”.

Priti Patel addressing the House of Commons

15:40 , Elly Blake

Home Secretary Priti Patel has stood up in the House of Commons to defend the government’s plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda.

The policy will send some migrants who arrive illegally in the UK to the east African nation.

The scheme has been met with widespread critcism; the Archbishop of Cantebury said the plans were “ungodly”.

In response, Ms Patel has told her critics to come up with a better solution.

Priti Patel to address MPs shortly

15:26 , Elly Blake

Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to make a statement in the House of Commons at around 3.30pm.

In it, she will address the government’s plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda while they wait for their claim to be processed.

She is due to speak ahead of the Prime Minister, who will face the Commons at around 4.30pm for the first time since he was fined for breaking lockdown rules.

We’ll be bringing you live updates here...

‘Country cannot afford a PM who breaks the law’, says Lib Dem leader

14:51 , Elly Blake

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey urged Tory MPs to “do their patriotic duty” in Thursday’s vote on the Prime Minister’s conduct.

He said: “The British public have declared Boris Johnson a liar. Now it’s time for Parliament to do the same.

“The country cannot afford a Prime Minister who breaks the law and lies about it, especially when families are facing a cost-of-living crisis.

“Johnson has taken the British people for fools for far too long, and it’s time for Conservative MPs to show where they stand. They must do their patriotic duty and kick Boris Johnson out of Downing Street once and for all.”

Sir Lindsay Hoyle allows MPs vote on whether PM misled parliament

14:37 , Elly Blake

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has approved an application from opposition MPs allowing them to table a motion for debate about whether Boris Johnson misled Parliament over assurances Covid rules were followed in Downing Street.

Sir Lindsay announced he would allow Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to table the motion for debate on Thursday.

Addressing MPs, he said: “I want to be clear about my role, firstly as members will appreciate it is not for me to police the ministerial code.

“I have no jurisdiction over the ministerial code, even though a lot of people seem to think I have, it is not the case.

“Secondly, it is not for me to determine whether or not the PM has committed a contempt.

“My role is to decide whether there is an arguable case to be examined.

“Having considered the issue, having taken advice from the clerks of the House, I have decided that this is a matter that I should allow the precedence accorded to the issue of privilege.

“Therefore, the Right Honourable gentleman, the Member for Holborn and St Pancras may table a motion for debate on Thursday.”

A censure motion is a political measure opposition parties can take to try to hold the Prime Minister to account.

Mr Johnson will be in India at the time of the debate.

Watch: What Boris Johnson had to say about being fined for lockdown breach last week

14:28 , Elly Blake

Boris Johnson apologised last week after being fined by the Metropolitan Police for breaking his own Covid-19 regulations.

This is a reminder of what he had to say at the time...

Re-cap: Commons schedule

14:21 , Elly Blake

Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to make a statement in the House of Commons at around 3.30pm.

In it, she will address the government’s plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda while they wait for their claim to be processed.

She is due to speak ahead of the Prime Minister, who will face the Commons at around 4.30pm for the first time since he was fined for breaking lockdown rules.

He is expected to apologise again after being fined by the Metropolitan Police for breaking Covid-19 regulations, in his post-Easter recess address to MPs.

Mr Johnson will also update on the Ukraine invasion and other issues such as cost of living.

Following his address, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng will also speak to MPs at around 5.30pm on the UK’s energy security strategy.

PM to face backbench MPs after Commons statement

13:12 , Elly Blake

It is understood Boris Johnson will meet with the Conservative Party’s backbenchers later this evening.

The mass meeting, thought to have been called by Government whips, will follow from Boris Johnson’s statement in the House of Commons in which he will apologise again after being fined by police for breaking Covid-19 regulations.

It is the first time he has faced MPs since being fined by the Metropolitan Police.

MPs are returning following the Easter recess.

PM weighs in on civil servant home working row

13:05 , Elly Blake

Boris Johnson has urged ministers to get their officials back behind their Whitehall desks.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Clearly the Prime Minister feels that it is important that we make best use of taxpayer-funded departments which are not returning, currently, to the levels we saw before the pandemic.

“This is not simply just about value-for-money for taxpayer-funded buildings, but also it’s a benefit to the staff – particularly junior staff who benefit from face-to-face working – and obviously we know there are benefits that can help, therefore, delivery for the public as well.

“So, it’s right that we continue to push for a return to pre-pandemic levels.”

The spokesman acknowledged there was not enough desk space for all civil servants to be in the office permanently.

“We do want to see the buildings being used at full occupancy,” the spokesman said.

Priti Patel to make Commons statement on Rwanda asylum plans

12:50 , Elly Blake

Home Secretary Priti Patel will make a statement in the House of Commons on the government’s controversial plans to send some aslyum seekers to Rwanda while waiting for their claim to be processed.

She is due to speak ahead of the Prime Minister, who will face the Commons for the first time since he was fined for breaking lockdown rules.

Following his address, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng will also speak to MPs on the UK’s energy security strategy

Focusing on other issues.... PM meets Kurdistan’s Prime Minister

12:43 , Elly Blake

Boris Johnson has hosted Kurdistan’s Prime Minister Masrour Barzani at Downing Street on Tuesday.

The pair were pictured together ahead of talks to “explore ways to strengthen trade and investment ties”.

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(PA)

Boris Johnson ‘fully respects’ outcome of Met’s partygate investigation, says his official spokesman

12:28 , Elly Blake

Boris Johnson “fully respects” the outcome of the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into lockdown breaches, his official spokesman has said.

Downing Street made the comments on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of a Commons statement in which the prime minister will apologise again for after being fined by police for breaking Covid-19 regulations.

He is expected to say he did not knowingly break the rules at a 2020 birthday party at No 10, and will urge MPs to move on from the ‘partygate’ scandal and focus on international issues such as Ukraine.

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Johnson is set to speak to world leaders including US President Joe Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Olaf Scholz in a call on Ukraine ahead of his Commons statement on Tuesday afternoon.

No 10 said the call will discuss toughening sanctions against Russia, as the war enters its “second phase” in which Russian troops are targeting Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

“The next phase of the war was likely to be an attritional conflict which could last several months,” said the PM’s spokesman.

Union fury as Rees-Mogg tells civil servants to get back to the office

12:06 , Elly Blake

Unions have reacted with anger after a governmnent minister issued a call for the “rapid return” of civil servants to their Whitehall desks.

Government Efficiency Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said departments needed to give their staff a “clear message” that they should be back in the office now Covid restrictions in England have ended.

Ending home working would bring the benefits of “face-to-face, collaborative working” as well as delivering wider benefits for the economy, he said.

The move was branded “vindictive” by Dave Penman, the general secretary of the FDA, who said it was out of step with practice in the private sector.

Government Efficiency Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg (PA Wire)
Government Efficiency Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg (PA Wire)

What other alleged gatherings are being investigated by the police?

11:43 , Elly Blake

Boris Johnson is expected to apologise again when he makes a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon, after being fined by police for breaking Covid-19 regulations.

Last week's fine was issued for a gathering on Boris Johnson's birthday in a Cabinet room.

That is just one of six events he has been linked to that the Metropolitan Police are still investigating.

More fines could be issued to the PM, including for an alleged “bring your own booze" event in the Downing Street garden on May 20, 2020.

Also being investigated is November 13, 2020. Mr Johnson is said to have given a speech at a leaving do for his Director of Communications.

On the same day, it is claimed that his wife Carrie Johnson hosted a party, where he was in also attendance, at their Downing Street flat.

Four days later, on November 17, 2020, it is believed Mr Johnson attended another leaving event for a different No 10 official.

On January 14, 2021, what was described as a "prosecco-fuelled" leaving do is said to have been held for two private secretaries.

Cabinet pictured leaving No 10 ahead of PM’s Commons statement

11:31 , Elly Blake

The Cabinet met on Tuesday ahead of Boris Johnson’s apology to MPs for breaking his own lockdown rules.

Ministers could be seen leaving after a meeting at No 10 ahead of the statement, which will be delivered on Tuesday afternoon.

After Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were fined last week, every Cabinet minister has come out in support of him.

Dominic Raab (PA)
Dominic Raab (PA)
Liz Truss (PA)
Liz Truss (PA)
Mark Spencer (PA)
Mark Spencer (PA)

Boris Johnson’s fine just like a parking ticket, says minister

11:18 , Elly Blake

A minister has defended the PM’s partygane fine, comparing the fixed penalty notice he received for breaking Covid-19 laws to receiving a parking fine.

Mr Johnson is due to face MPs later on Tuesday for the first time since he was fined last week.

The Metropolitan Police issued the fine over his attendance at a gathering in Downing Street to celebrate his birthday in June 2020.

He is expected to again apologise for breaking lockdown rules but will urge MPs to concentrate on other issues such as the Ukraine invasion and plans to tacke illegal immigration by sending aslyum seekers to Rwanda.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said Mr Johnson had already apologised and played down claims by that he had misled Parliament, when he previously claimed no rules had been broken.

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