Sunak offers apology amid 'regret' for attending lockdown party

The Chancellor was issued with a fine for breaking lockdown rules to attend a party.

Rishi Sunak offers apology after breaking lockdown rules to attend party STV News

Rishi Sunak has offered an “unreserved apology” after he was fined for attending a party in the midst of lockdown. 

On Tuesday, it was announced that the Chancellor, along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie Johnson, would be fined for breaking lockdown rules. 

Sunak confirmed he had received the “fixed penalty notice” and has reportedly paid the fine. 

In a statement, Sunak acknowledged the “frustration and anger” caused by attending the party in the midst of strict lockdown rules.

However he signalled he would stay in his job.

The Chancellor said: “I can confirm I have received a fixed penalty notice from the Metropolitan Police with regards to a gathering held on June 19 in Downing Street.

“I offer an unreserved apology.

“I understand that for figures in public office, the rules must be applied stringently in order to maintain public confidence. I respect the decision that has been made and have paid the fine.

“I know people sacrificed a great deal during Covid, and they will find this situation upsetting. I deeply regret the frustration and anger caused and I am sorry.

“Like the Prime Minister, I am focused on delivering for the British people at this challenging time.”

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