12 Apr 2022

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak fined by police over lockdown party

Political Editor

Britain’s most famous gated community is in trouble tonight. The residents of Number 10 and 11 broke the laws they made for the rest of us during an unforgettable period when we weren’t allowed to attend funerals, christenings – let alone birthday parties.

They did so despite this being the most heavily policed street in the country and today the police issued them with fixed penalty notices.

Once upon a time – before the 24th February when Russia invaded Ukraine – today’s news might have heightened the chorus for resignations from inside the Tory party. But not today. In the last hour the prime minister apologised, paid his fine – and made clear he wasn’t resigning.