'Nobody is above the law': Theresa May fires warning shot to Boris Johnson over 'partygate'

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'No one is above the law': Theresa May fires warning shot to Boris Johnson over 'partygate' - HENRY NICHOLLS /AFP
'No one is above the law': Theresa May fires warning shot to Boris Johnson over 'partygate' - HENRY NICHOLLS /AFP

Theresa May has said that those involved in 'partygate' should expect “full accountability” if the Sue Gray report found that they broke lockdown rules.

The former prime minister said both she and her constituents were “angry” to hear of allegations of lockdown breaches, and that “nobody is above the law”.

She told her constituents in her local newspaper, the Maidenhead Advertiser, that she “absolutely understands the disappointment and indignation” that people have shared with her.

“My thoughts, in particular, are with constituents who have lost loved ones throughout the coronavirus pandemic.”

The weekly newspaper in the former PM's constituency at Maidenhead in Berkshire, reported on Thursday that she had responded to constituents who had written to her raising their concerns about the revelations.

In a letter, sent before this week's allegations about Boris Johnson's birthday party were revealed, Mrs May said: "I have said previously that it is vital that those who set the rules, follow the rules. Nobody is above the law.

"This is important for ensuring the necessary degree of trust between the public and Government.

"Like so many, I was angry to hear stories of those in No 10, who are responsible for setting the coronavirus rules, not properly following the rules.

"Sue Gray is still investigating these matters and is due to publish her report in the coming days.

"When the report's findings are published if there is evidence of deliberate or premeditated wrongdoing, I expect full accountability to follow.

"All those working at the heart of Government should conduct themselves with the highest of standards which befits the work they do, and this applies as much to those working in No 10 as to other parts of Government."

She added: "I absolutely understand the disappointment and indignation that constituents have shared with me.

"My thoughts, in particular, are with constituents who have lost loved ones throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

"But I am also concerned for those whose lives and livelihoods were damaged by the impact of the measures introduced by the government, for example in terms of their mental health or loss of business.”

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