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Met Police Partygate: Justice must be seen to be done

19th January 2022

When we received the Met’s formal pre-action response to our judicial review claim, over its failure to apply the same criminal law to the Prime Minister as it applies to others, they told us not to publish it.

We have never before been asked to keep a pre-action response hidden from you, our supporters and funders. 

Yesterday, we filed our claim in court. The Met now have until 10 February to provide their formal response. 

We also wrote to the Met telling them that when we get that response, we will publish the grounds for our claim. We will also publish their response. If they want to, we invite them to make an application to the Court to continue to maintain this secrecy.

If they make such an application, we will let you know. Our position on that application to the Court will be that justice must be seen to be done.

We will keep you updated as the case progresses.

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This article is part of our Investigate all the Downing Street parties case

We’ve launched a second round of legal proceedings against the Met Police and its handling of Partygate. Former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was fined for attending one lockdown gathering, but the Met failed to properly look into his attendance at three others.

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