Police launch investigation into Tory HQ Christmas party attended by Shaun Bailey

 Police launch investigation into Tory HQ Christmas party attended by Shaun Bailey

The Metropolitan Police will make contact with two people who attended a gathering at the Conservative Party HQ in London on December 14 2020 in relation to alleged breaches of coronavirus regulations. 

The Met Police said it was aware of a gathering at an address in Matthew Parker Street in London, where the Conservative Party HQ is based, on December 14 2020.

In a statement, the force said: “Officers will be making contact with two people who attended in relation to alleged breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations.”

The Met also said it is looking into staff gatherings at No.10 Downing Street and the Department for Education in November and December 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office, but will not commence an investigation at this time.

The statement said: “If any evidence emerges of behaviour that is potentially a criminal offence it will be passed to the Met for further consideration.

“The Met has received a significant amount of material in relation to the allegations reported in the media. All the material has been considered by detectives in detail and it does not provide evidence of a breach of the Health Protection Regulations, but restates allegations made in the media.

“In line with our policy where we do not normally investigate breaches of these regulations when they are reported long after they are said to have taken place, unless there is evidence from the Cabinet Office or other evidence comes to light, the Met will not at this time commence an investigation.”

It added: “In line with the Met’s policy, officers do not normally investigate breaches of Coronavirus Regulations when they are reported long after they are said to have taken place. However, if significant evidence suggesting a breach of the regulations becomes available, officers may review and consider it.”

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