Boris Johnson apologises over partygate but ‘did not know he breached the rules’

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Boris Johnson has said sorry for breaking his own lockdown rules in a “wholehearted apology” but claims he did not know he 'breached them'.

In the Prime Minister's first appearance at the House of Commons since he was hit with a lockdown fine, he said he paid it immediately.

Following his recent punishment for having a birthday party at No 10 in 2020, Mr Johnson says there are far more pressing issues for MPs to worry about including Russia's war on Ukraine.

He said: "I paid the fine immediately and I offered the British people a full apology, and I take this opportunity on the first available sitting day to repeat my wholehearted apology to the House."

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Last Tuesday the Prime Minister announced he had been fined by The Metropolitan Police after it was confirmed he attended lockdown parties at 10 Downing Street.

Boris said: "Today I've received a fixed penalty notice from the Metropolitan Police relating to a Downing Street Event on 19 June 2020.

"Let me say immediately, I have paid the fine and want to offer a full apology."

Mr Johnson's excuse of ignorance to the rules has not washed with everyone with some slamming his response to the fine as disgraceful" given the government's warnings at the time.

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Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Welsh Labour MP, Nick Thomas-Symonds tweeted on Tuesday: "Boris Johnson has just told the Commons it “did not occur” to him he was breaking Covid rules.

"To claim he didn’t know the rules he had drafted & expected everyone else to follow is to take people for fools yet again. Disgraceful."

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