The Mayor of London is invoking legal powers to demand the Met Police provide an explanation to the public as to why the Prime Minister was not fined for attending a boozy leaving party.
Sadiq Khan has written to Acting Commissioner Sir Stephen House asking him to provide transparency around the Partygate investigation in order to ensure public trust and confidence in the force.
While he has no power to intervene in operational policing matters he has made the request under special legal powers he holds as the Met’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Scotland Yard has so far refused to elaborate on why it decided to issue some people with fines for attending illegal events, but let others off.
Mr Khan – who as Mayor is the equivalent of the Met’s Police and Crime Commissioner – will use part of his powers to demand a public explanation from force bosses.
A spokesman for the Mayor said: "Sadiq has today written to the acting Commissioner of the Met to seek a detailed explanation of the factors which were taken into account by investigating officers when decisions were made about whether to take action in individual cases in the Downing Street ‘Partygate’ investigation.
“He has asked them to take steps to also reassure Londoners by making this explanation to them directly, because he is concerned that the trust and confidence of Londoners in the police is being further eroded by this lack of clarity.
"The Mayor has been clear he cannot and would not intervene in operational decisions, however with the investigation now complete, he has made this request in accordance with the Policing Protocol Order 2011 paragraph 23(g)."
Sir Stephen, who is in temporary charge of the Met, following the departure of Dame Cressida Dick in April, is also due to appear before the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Thursday, when he will be grilled over Operation Hillman.
‘The Met’s a shambles’
The Met has come under intense pressure to explain its findings after photographs emerged showing Boris Johnson drinking at a leaving party in Downing Street on November 13 2020.
At least one other person who was at the event received a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), but it is understood Mr Johnson was not even investigated over his attendance .
One of the 15 attendees said: "I can't work out the reason why he's not been fined and other people have. The Met's a shambles. They've been told a lot of stuff and they've just ignored it.
"It's so obviously a breach. Whatever way you look at it, it’s a breach. None of us can figure it out."
Downing Street has suggested that the reason Mr Johnson was not fined was because he had only briefly attended on his way from his office to the private flat he shares with his wife and children above Number 11.
But one source who was there said Mr Johnson had made a speech at the party and stayed for around 20 minutes.
Lord Stevens, the former Met Commissioner, said it was important the police were “as open as possible” when explaining its decision making, but suggested the force’s reticence could be based on legal advice.
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