Police issuing more than 100 party gate fines is ‘non-story’, says the minister.

It was announced on Thursday that the force had handed over 50 more fine notices as part of an investigation into parties that broke into a possible lockdown in Downing Street and Whitehall.

The latest installment of the fine did not save Boris Johnson, his wife Kerry and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

Mr Rees-Mogg downplayed the importance of development on Friday, questioning whether “the rules were right in the first place”.

Speaking to the BBC Breakfast, he said: “I’m afraid this is not a story. I mean, the BBC really liked it, but the important thing is that we Continue the work of

We need to see if these rules are correct in the first place if we have a recurrent epidemic because I think they were very restrictive.

Asked if he had noticed that people, including bereaved families, were “devastated”, he observed government rules while those in power were breaking them, he said: “I think people are upset. Were

“I think it was an important story in February when it first came to light and that there was a lot of concern, and especially the feeling of the mourners.”

He added: “We need to see if these rules are valid in the first place if we have a recurrent epidemic because I think they were very restrictive.”

This comes at a time when former Conservative Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned that the Tories have “a big mountain to climb” to win another term as they run for office before the 2024 election. Had refused to reject.

In the wake of the incident and the losses in last week’s local elections, Mr Hunt told Times Magazine that this was not the “right time” for a change of leadership due to the war in Ukraine.

“But I will be very open with you that I do not rule out future returns,” he added.

Conservative MP Jeremy Hunt (Stephen Russo / PA) / PA Archives

Speaking to Times Radio, he also said that the “blows” the party suffered in the local elections were not just “mid-term blues” but a reflection of the crisis of precious lives.

“Below that, I think the reason we kicked in was because of the economic concerns that many families had,” he said.

“We are currently facing a situation where our economy is experiencing very, very little basic growth.

“To win the election, the Conservative Party must promise a well-funded NHS and the possibility of tax cuts. We cannot win the election if we force people to choose one or the other.” Will

The number of party-gate fines issued by the Mets now stands at more than 100 – fines imposed on Mr Johnson, his wife Kerry and Chancellor Rishi Sink at the Prime Minister’s birthday party in the Cabinet Room No. 10 in April-June. Was targeted for notice. 2020

Deputy Labor leader Angela Rainer said Mr Johnson had broken his rules on a “record-breaking scale”, adding that “Britain deserves better”.

Deputy Labor leader Angela Rainer said Mr Johnson had broken his rules on a “record-breaking scale”, adding that “Britain deserves better” (Dominic Lipinski / PA). / PA Wire

Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said in a statement that the latest batch of fines did not include the prime minister or cabinet secretary Simon Case.

The prime minister confirmed that he was not one of the recent recipients, nor his wife, after a cabinet day in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday.

Earlier, the ministers avoided questioning whether they still trust the PM when asked about the latest developments.

Home Secretary Priti Patel failed to say whether she still supported Mr Johnson. Health Secretary Sajid Javed also chose not to respond when asked why the prime minister would not resign, despite Sir Kerr Starmer’s promise to do so if he is given a fixed notice of fines on similar charges.

Opposition members of parliament, as well as their own backbenchers, have called for the beleagured PM to resign.

In addition to the Scotland Yard investigation and the investigation of Seve Gray, a senior government employee, into Party Gate’s claims, the Prime Minister is facing a third Privilege Committee inquiry into whether he misled Parliament with repeated assurances that No. 10 I followed the coveted rules.