Boris Johnson set to apologise to MPs for breaking lockdown rules

The Prime Minister is due to make a statement in Parliament.

Boris Johnson set to apologise to MPs for breaking lockdown rules Parliament TV
Fixed penalty notices were issued to the Prime Minister and chancellor Rishi Sunak last week.

Boris Johnson is expected to make an apology in Parliament after being fined by police for breaching his own lockdown rules.

The Prime Minister was last week issued a fixed penalty notice by police, as well as chancellor Rishi Sunak.

At the height of the Covid pandemic in June 2020, Johnson attended a birthday gathering in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street.

He is due to make a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday as MPs return to Westminster following the Easter recess.

However, it is believed that Johnson will stop short of addressing allegations that he attended a separate rule-breaking leaving do.

The Telegraph cited a Downing Street source as saying the Prime Minister will “offer a full-throated apology and recognise the strength of feeling” among MPs on party-gate.

“He will obviously give an update on the fine because there is a clear need to do that, but it is difficult to pre-empt the findings of an ongoing police investigation publicly,” the source reportedly said.

In his statement, it is thought he will zone in on the crisis in Ukraine, along with the UK Government’s controversial new policy on sending “illegal” migrants to Rwanda.

As well as addressing MPs in the Chamber, Johnson is expected to speak to a meeting of the entire Conservative parliamentary party on Tuesday evening.

According to The Telegraph, it is also thought Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, will announce today that he will allow a vote on an investigation into whether the Prime Minister misled Parliament with his party-gate explanations.