Boris Johnson referred to police over claims he breached Covid lockdown at Chequers

Former prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of the coronation of King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, in London, Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Andrew Milligan/Pool via AP)

BORIS Johnson has been referred to police again over more claims of lockdown breaches at Chequers.

The Cabinet Office passed on reports to the Met and Thames Valley Police after visits to the former PM’s posh Buckinghamshire pad were revealed.

Boris Johnson has been reported to Police again after new information came to light

Mr Johnson handed over his ministerial diaries to Cabinet Office chiefs ahead of the formal Covid inquiry, which is due to start in October.

A spokesperson for the former PM said his lawyers had explained “the events were lawful and were not breaches of any Covid regulations.”

The move risks MPs on the Privileges Committee – which has already taken evidence from the ex-PM – pausing their inquiry yet again to take in the latest claims.

BoJo risks being suspended from the Commons or a by-election if the probe finds he deliberately lies to MPs about what he knew of lockdown parties in No10 at the height of the pandemic.

Thames Valley and the Met Police confirmed the investigation and said they were looking into the claims after getting a dossier of information last week.

Back in March, the PM pleaded “hand on heart” he did not lie to MPs about illegal parties – and fumed he’s “boggled” he was fined.

Before an audience of MPs and journalists, he desperately tried to convince the committee’s seven members he didn’t deliberately lie when he told the Commons multiple times that rules were always followed in Downing Street.

The ex-PM pleaded: “There were a number of days over a period of 20 months when gatherings took place in Downing Street that went past the point where they could be said to be necessary for work purposes,” he insisted.

“That was wrong. I bitterly regret it.”

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