British police will not investigate gatherings held in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s residence during a coronavirus lockdown unless an internal government inquiry finds evidence of potential criminal offences, the Metropolitan Police said.
Johnson’s leadership is in the balance as he faces calls to resign from some in his party over Wednesday’s admission that he attended staff drinks during the May 2020 lockdown. He apologised for the error and said he though it was a work event.
A senior government official is conducting an inquiry into that gathering and several others reported by media to establish the facts.
Conservative lawmakers have the power to force a leadership contest if enough of them submit a formal letter of no confidence in Johnson.