Prime Minister slammed ’embarrassment’ after Partygate survey questionnaire leaked

Labor has branded Boris Johnson a ‘national embarrassment’ after it was suggested he may have become the first UK prime minister to be questioned under police caution over the partygate saga.

A copy of the police questionnaire sent to Downing Street staff following partying allegations was leaked to ITV news on Tuesday night.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating 12 events, including no less than six which the Prime Minister is said to have attended.

Boris Johnson holds a birthday cake – prepared for him by school staff – during a visit to Bovingdon Primary Academy (Andrew Parsons/Downing Street)

The inquiries follow allegations of frequent and excessive drinking by Downing Street staff, as a wine fridge was purchased and staff were sent to local supermarkets to fill a suitcase with wine.

Mr Johnson completed the questionnaire regarding the alleged parties, which the Met said had “formal legal status and should be answered honestly”.

Documents shared by ITV News appear to show a police warning telling those who receive the documents that they ‘have nothing to say, but it may harm your defense if you don’t mention we questioned something you rely on later in court”.

Respondents are advised to “ensure that the disclaimer is read and understood before providing answers to the questions”.

According to ITV News, the document states that the people who sent in the questionnaire have the “opportunity to co-operate with the police in the form of a written bail statement”.

There are three ways to respond to the questionnaire: remain silent and not answer any questions, provide a response to the written questions in the attached document, or provide a prepared statement in your own words.

ITV News said it asks a dozen questions, including whether the person attended a rally on a specific date, what the purpose of that attendance was and whether or not the person interacted with anyone else during the rally. of the gathering.

The questionnaire asks for the person’s attendance times and how many other people were present.

ITV News said it also gave people a chance to justify their actions, asking: “What legal exception, if any, applied to the gathering and/or what reasonable excuse did you have for participating in the gathering?”

In a major television interview on Sunday, Mr Johnson repeatedly refused to say whether he would quit if he broke the law.

But Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner said: ‘It is frankly a national embarrassment that Boris Johnson is now the first prime minister in British history to be questioned under police caution.

“How on earth can he stay and claim to uphold British law and order after this?”

Tony Blair was questioned as a witness by police when he was prime minister over the cash for honors scandal, but never on bail.

At the time, he said he would resign if interviewed on bail.

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