Dan Wootton slams guest for not accepting partygate results: 'You've got absolutely no idea'

Dan Wootton and Amy Nickell clashed over the results of partygate

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Dan Wootton slammed a panel member on his show who refused to accept the results of the partygate investigation.

Police have told Boris Johnson he faces no further action over lockdown breaches, Downing Street said, after the Metropolitan Police concluded its partygate investigation with a total of 126 fines.

Scotland Yard said on Thursday it had issued fixed-penalty notices (FPNs) to 83 people at events in Downing Street and across Whitehall spanning eight separate days.

No 10 said the Prime Minister was “pleased” the investigation had concluded and that officers had told Mr Johnson he would not receive a second fine, having received one for the event on his 56th birthday.

The conclusion of Operation Hillman into breaches spanning 11 months paves the way for the potentially damaging publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s inquiry.

It is understood the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson has also been told she faces no further action while Chancellor Rishi Sunak was also yet to receive another fine, after both were fined over the Prime Minister’s birthday gathering in June 2020.

Amy Nickell
Amy Nickell

But broadcaster and author Amy Nickell said she would still be waiting for the Sue Gray report.

She said: "It's been said that you can legally attend an illegal party. I think until the Met can clarify what that means and if they can just explain that a little bit then we might be more satisfied with what's been said today.

"We've got a Prime Minister that broke ministerial code, broke the law, it's now been proven he did stand up and lie in Parliament about this particular issue.

"How can you be happy with this?"

She referenced stories that Downing Street officials had visited the Co-op to fill a suitcase full of alcohol and a wheelbarrow.

Dan responded with: "You've got no idea if that suitcase and that fridge thing happened."

Conservative former chief whip Mark Harper joined Labour and the Liberal Democrats in calling for Ms Gray’s report to be published swiftly.

Dan Wootton and Amy Nickell
Dan Wootton and Amy Nickell

No 10 said it will publish the report “as soon as possible”, with officials expecting Ms Gray is most likely to hand it over next week.

Sir Keir Starmer repeated his call for Mr Johnson to resign, for setting a culture of “industrial-scale law-breaking” in No 10.

The Labour leader told reporters in Leeds: “What I want to see now is the full Sue Gray report published, there’s no further hiding places for the Prime Minister on that.”

Downing Street said Mr Johnson will “talk in more detail” about the scandal after the report is published.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said the intention is to publish it “as received, as much as possible”, raising the possibility images of parties could emerge if included by the civil servant.

“The Prime Minister is pleased the investigation has concluded and would like to thank the police for their work in bringing this investigation to completion,” the spokesman said.

“The Prime Minister will update Parliament in the first instance once Sue Gray’s report is published, that’s when he’ll talk in more detail.”