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Partygate: leaked Met Police questionnaire sent to Downing Street staff

A copy of the police questionnaire sent to Downing Street staff following partygate allegations has been leaked.

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

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.

Boris Johnson has completed the alleged parties’ questionnaire, and in a major TV interview on Sunday he repeatedly declined to say whether he would quit if he broke the law.

According to ITV News, the questionnaire asks Downing Street staff to provide a ‘legal exception’ or ‘reasonable excuse’ for parties that took place during lockdown.

The document indicates that the people who sent the questionnaire have the “opportunity to cooperate with the police in the form of a written statement on bail”.

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?”