London’s Metropolitan Police force is under increasing pressure to explain why Boris Johnson was not fined for violating coronavirus restrictions after new photographs emerged of him drinking at a Downing Street gathering that reportedly took place during the November 2020 lockdown.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, on Tuesday joined calls for the Met to explain why the prime minister escaped censure when at least one other person at the party was fined.
The photographs, first shown on ITV News, show Johnson raising a glass from behind a table cluttered with bottles of alcohol at an event at Number 10 on November 13 2020 to mark the departure of then communications director Lee Cain.
Their publication comes just as senior civil servant Sue Gray is set to publish her long-awaited report into gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall during the pandemic, which was delayed while the police carried out their investigation.
Khan said he had “assiduously” kept his distance from…