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London’s Metropolitan Police have imposed fines on 24 attendees of a Covid lockdown-breaching celebration at Conservative celebration headquarters following the reopening of an investigation into the 2020 “Partygate” occasion.

The variety of penalties imposed means that most individuals who attended the celebration in December 2020 have been fined. Twenty-three individuals posed for {a photograph} on the occasion — together with Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for the 2021 London mayoral election who has since acquired a peerage.

The imposition of the fines follows the pressure’s reopening of its investigation in July after the publication of video that confirmed dancing on the occasion and remarks suggesting attendees knew it was in breach of the foundations in place to curb the unfold of Covid-19.

The most recent penalties come on prime of 126 fines imposed on politicians and employees together with Boris Johnson, then prime minister, and Rishi Sunak, then chancellor now prime minister, for lockdown breaches at occasions in Downing Road and elsewhere in Whitehall that grew to become referred to as Partygate.

An preliminary investigation into the Bailey marketing campaign celebration, utilizing solely nonetheless footage, determined in opposition to imposing penalties.

The Met mentioned it had reopened the investigation after “new proof” grew to become accessible.

“Having assessed that new proof, the Met has made 24 referrals for mounted penalty notices . . . for breaches of Covid-19 laws,” it mentioned.

The Met gave no particulars about who would face fines, past the numbers concerned.

Attendees of a Christmas celebration at Conservative celebration headquarters throughout Covid lockdown included Shaun Bailey, 2021 candidate for mayor of London, standing in centre carrying a white shirt © Mirrorpix

When requested concerning the fines, the Conservative celebration marketing campaign headquarters (CCHQ) mentioned that senior employees “grew to become conscious” of an “unauthorised social gathering” within the basement of the constructing at Matthew Parker Road organised by the Bailey marketing campaign on the night in query.

“Formal disciplinary motion was taken in opposition to the 4 CCHQ employees who had been seconded to the Bailey marketing campaign,” it mentioned.

It didn’t reply to a query about whether or not Bailey himself had been fined.

The Met mentioned that it had but to finish a second investigation that it had reopened, right into a birthday celebration on the Home of Commons on December 8 2020 for Baroness Anne Jenkin, spouse of Conservative MP Sir Bernard Jenkin.

That celebration was contentious with Johnson’s supporters due to recommendations that Sir Bernard briefly attended. Jenkin chaired the Home of Commons privileges committee that discovered Johnson dedicated a number of contempts of parliament when he insisted he knew nothing concerning the lockdown-breaching events.

Jenkin has not denied being within the room the place the celebration happened. However an ally has insisted it was a piece occasion and he attended solely briefly to select up his spouse.

“The second investigation associated to a gathering in parliament at an occasion on 8 December 2020 continues,” the Met mentioned.

Bailey, whose marketing campaign was unsuccessful, was nominated for a peerage in Johnson’s controversial resignation honours listing. There had been requires his elevation to the Home of Lords to be delayed pending the result of the renewed investigation. Nonetheless, he was launched to the higher home as Baron Bailey of Paddington on July 18, two weeks after the police reopened their probe.

Anneliese Dodds, chair of the Labour celebration, mentioned there had been “numerous” examples of the Conservatives merely not pondering the foundations utilized to them.

“Regardless of this, Rishi Sunak nonetheless noticed match to permit Shaun Bailey to enter the Home of Lords,” she mentioned.

“This clearly demonstrates his promise of professionalism, integrity and accountability is nothing greater than a hole joke.”

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