Labour slams ‘soaring crime’ in government following 30 further ‘partygate’ fines

Labour’s depity leader Angela Rayner has slammed the announcement of further “partygate” fines by the Met Police.

“Crime is soaring, victims are being let down, and police officers are disappearing from our streets – now we see widespread criminality at the heart of Downing Street,” she said in a statement this afternoon.

“This is just the latest example of a distracted out-of-touch government, guilty of breaking the law, never mind enforcing it.”

Rayner also argued that: “Britain deserves better than this government”.

The Metropolitan Police have today said they are in the process of issuing 30 more fixed penalty notices linked to the “partygate” scandal.

This brings the total fines announced over the matter to 50.

Operation Hillman is currently examining twelve gatherings on eight dates – some of which the PM is understood to have attended.

Over 17,700 people have been fined by the Metropolitan Police for breaching Covid laws during the pandemic, including 113 fines for holding a gathering of over 30 people.