Police Re-Open Conservative Headquarters Partygate Investigation
The Metropolitan police have re-opened their investigation into a party held in Conservative party HQ during lockdown after a new video of the gathering raised potential new evidence.
The event, which has become described as "jingle and mingle", will be looked at again by the Met after The Daily Mirror publised previously unseen footage of it last month.
"Following assessment of new evidence that was not previously provided to officers, the Met is now re-opening an investigation into potential breaches of the Regulations at an event in Matthew Parker Street on 14 December 2020," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
"Based on the information available at the time, that investigation did not lead to FPNs (Fixed Penalty Notices), but outcome letters sent to some participants stated that 'the Metropolitan Police reserves the right to revisit this decision in the event that further significant evidence comes to light.'
"The receipt of video evidence has resulted in the Met revisiting and updating the assessment."
The police have also opened an investigation into a seperate alleged gathering in December 2020 which senior Tory MP Bernard Jenkin is believed to have attended.
The Met will not, however, investigate alleged gatherings held Chequers, the prime minister's official retreat, when Boris Johnson was prime minister, it said on Tuesday.
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