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Partygate findings ‘will surprise people’, police say – as inquiry ends with 126 fines

The investigation into lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street and around Whitehall has concluded, the Met Police has announced.

In all, police have made 126 referrals for fines relating to the partygate scandal – not all of which have yet been issued.

Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are among those that have been fined.

The PA news agency reported that the PM has not at this stage received notification of a further fixed penalty notice in addition to the one he has already received.

Of those who received fines, 53 were men and 73 were women, the force said, adding that some people received more than one.

However, it has refused to identify anyone involved in the investigation and has stated it will not provide further details on its findings.

All of the fixed penalty notices relate to eight dates during the COVID pandemic.

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The dates are: 20 May 2020, 18 June 2020, 19 June 2020, 13 November 2020, 17 December 2020, 18 December 2020, 14 January 2021 and 16 April 2021.

Scotland Yard originally said it would not investigate historic breaches of coronavirus rules, but changed its mind and launched an investigation in January of this year.

Sky News has contacted Downing Street for a response.

The conclusion of the police investigation clears the way for civil servant Sue Gray’s report into the parties to be published in full.

A source close to her team said the aim was to publish it as soon as possible, with next week likely.

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