PM ‘to tell police lockdown parties were part of his job’

Boris Johnson receives legal questionnaire from partygate police

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But a source claimed Mr Johnson will say that briefly attending three leaving parties was part of his job. The source said: “Saying goodbye to staff is part of working life.” The PM insisted he will have “a lot more” to say once police have finished the investigation.

He must complete a legal questionnaire and return it to the Metropolitan Police by Friday.

Mr Johnson is expected to consult a lawyer, but Downing Street confirmed that the answers he gives will not be released publicly.

Quizzed about whether he had completed the legal document during a visit to Scotland, Mr Johnson said: “All that process has got to be completed before I can say anything more. But I look forward to telling you a lot more in due course.”

At least 50 people and as many as 90 could be sent questionnaires as part of Operation Hillman, a probe into 12 alleged gatherings in Downing Street.

Scotland Yard said the questionnaires ask for an “account and explanation of the recipient’s participation in an event” and have “formal legal status and must be answered truthfully”.

The PM’s official spokesman said: “We will respond as required.”

The spokesman said Mr Johnson had not cleared time in his diary to consult his lawyer. He said the PM was “out and about” yesterday and was also having calls and updates about the situation in Ukraine.

Conservative MPs are waiting to see if the PM is given a fixed penalty notice over the gatherings before deciding whether to force a confidence vote, it was said.

Fines start at £100 but can hit £10,000 for the most serious of breaches.

Mr Johnson is reportedly planning to stay in post even if he is found to have broken the rules.

So far, 15 Tory MPs have publicly called for him to quit but the number who have privately submitted letters of no confidence is not known.

Downing Street refused to say if Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie has received a police questionnaire over claims she held an “Abba party” in Downing Street.

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