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Partygate: We are considering an appeal

22nd February 2023

We’re disappointed not to have been given permission in our legal challenge against the Metropolitan Police.

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We are disappointed that we have not been given permission to proceed with our legal challenge against the Metropolitan Police’s failure to properly investigate Boris Johnson’s attendance at gatherings during lockdown. 

Following today’s hearing, we are considering whether to appeal this decision, which we believe ignores the quite proper questions that people have about what they perceive to be differences of treatment for the powerful and for the rest of us.

The fact remains that the Met still hasn’t explained why a number of civil servants and officials who attended lockdown parties in November and December 2020 and January 2021 were fined for attending, but Boris Johnson was not.

This case goes beyond Boris Johnson and the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices. It is about equal treatment under the law.  There shouldn’t be one rule for those in power and another rule for us.

We will continue to expose Government wrongdoing and hold power to account. But we can only do this with your help. If you are interested in supporting us, you can do so here.


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.

See more about this case