As new photos emerge of Boris Johnson attending a leaving meeting for his aide Lee Cain during the second national lockdown, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has chimed in, demanding that the Met Police explain why they decided not to fine the Prime Minister for attending this photographed event.
Though the London Mayor is in charge of the Met Police, Sadiq Khan claims that he removed himself from the investigation, so the outcome wasn’t tainted by political preferences. Sadiq Khan also attempted to project his reputation as brighter than white as he condemned the PM, saying he shouldn’t have lied to the public and to Parliament.
BBC Radio 4 presenter Justin Webb asked: “You’re effectively the crime commissioner for London, do you believe that the Metropolitan police should explain why Boris Johnson is not getting a fine for the party he was at where at least one other person is?”
Mr Khan said: “Yes I think they have to… But can I explain this Justin, it’s really important to reassure your listeners.”
“As the police and crime commissioner and a Labour politician, I’ve assiduously stayed well away from this investigation, not just because it’s an operational matter which the police should investigate.”
“But just imagine if a politician from one party was getting involved in an investigation into his political opponent.”
Mr Khan added: “So I’ve not asked questions about this, I’ve kept away from this but I think it’s important when it comes to trust and confidence.”
“When it comes to policing by consent when it comes to questions being asked about the integrity of an investigation that the police explain why they’ve reached a conclusion they have.”
“And just like you, I suspect, yesterday was the first time I saw the photograph of Boris Johnson raising a glass, clearly bottle of wine laying around.”
“Others with wine in their hand, on a day when he said in the House of Commons, and I speak as a former Parliamentarian and I know the importance of not lying and misleading in the House of Commons that there wasn’t a party.”
Mr Khan added: “So of course, Sue Gray will publish her report this week, and of course, the Prime Minister will have to answer for himself.”
“But I think the police should explain why they reached their conclusions and provide clarity.”