Carrie Johnson issues APOLOGY over Partygate as she pays £50 fine for rule-breaking bash

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“Whilst she believed that she was acting in accordance with the rules at the time, Mrs Johnson accepts the Met Police’s findings and apologises unreservedly.”

June 19 is Mrs Johnson’s – the Prime Minister’s – birthday.

It is understood a party was organised by Carrie on this day in 2020 and attended by up to 30 people.

At the time, gatherings of more than two people indoors were banned by law.

On the same day, the official Twitter page for the Prime Minister insisted “the Government’s plan is working and we are containing the spread of coronavirus”.

It added: “Thank you to everyone for following the rules and playing their part – we must keep going to keep the level down.

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The BBC highlighted an exemption to the rules at the time was allowed if a gathering “was reasonably necessary” for work purposes.

The issuing of fixed penalty notices shows the police did not deem the gathering as necessary.

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Boris Johnson has faced renewed calls to resign after it was found he did break the law.

In response, he has issued a “full apology” but has refused to shift from his position.

More to follow.

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