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Boris Johnson returns police questionnaire on ‘partygate’ scandal

Boris Johnson responded to the questionnaire sent by London Police as part of the inquiry into gatherings in Downing Street during the pandemic lockdowns, his office said.

The British Prime Minister, whose political survival is at stake, returned the survey questionnaire within the seven-day deadline which had been set in accordance with Scotland Yard’s request, according to Downing Street.

A dozen social events are in the spotlight in the police investigation, spread over eight dates in 2020 and 2021.

More than a week ago, London police said they would contact ‘over 50 people’ for their statements amid the political scandal which has outraged the public and rocked the UK government and in particular the Conservative Party in power.

Scotland Yard stressed that the questionnaires had “legal status” and had to be completed “with sincerity”. In the event of a proven violation, offenders risk a fine.

Rejecting calls for the resignation of the opposition and some members of his own party, Boris Johnson has been fighting for several weeks to save his job.

The 57-year-old leader has been greatly weakened by the succession of revelations about various festive events in the halls of power during the pandemic, at a time when the entire population saw their social contacts severely hampered by the health restrictions of COVID- 19.

After the publication of a preliminary internal report criticizing “errors in leadership and judgment”, Johnson’s fate may depend on the conclusions of the police investigation.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly denied breaking COVID rules. However, should the inquiry prove otherwise – or lie to Parliament – ​​then the threshold of 54 Tory MPs required to trigger a vote of no confidence could be quickly reached.

euronews Gt

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