Police Issue More Partygate Fines – This Time For Tory 'Jingle And Mingle' Covid Event

Some 24 fixed-penalty notices handed out for lockdown-busting do at Tory headquarters for Shaun Bailey.
Shaun Bailey in 2021.
Shaun Bailey in 2021.
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The partygate scandal is refusing to die down as police confirmed fines are to be issued for an infamous Westminster shindig.

The Met Police said on Friday it has made referrals for 24 fixed-penalty notices over the lockdown-busting “jingle and mingle” party at Tory headquarters during the coronavirus pandemic.

The fines related to a December 2020 event at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) for activists on behalf of Shaun Bailey’s unsuccessful effort to be London mayor.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Having assessed that new evidence, the Met has made 24 referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to the ACRO Criminal Records Office for breaches of Covid-19 regulations.”

ITV News reported 150 partygate fines have now been dished out.

The probe was re-opened in July after footage emerged showing Tories drinking and dancing at a Christmas event at the Conservative Party headquarters in London on December 14, 2020.

The party was held by the campaign team for Bailey. It happened at a time when London was under Tier-2 restrictions, meaning people were banned from socialising indoors.

Bailey admitted attending the event but has said he “toodled off” to appear on the BBC.

The Metropolitan Police did not issue any fines related to the event during their probe into partygate last year because they said they did not have enough evidence.

Police only had access to still images of the event at the time. The new video footage, obtained by the Daily Mirror, was followed by the BBC publishing an invitation, revealing the event was called “jingle and mingle”.


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