New ‘Jingle & Mingle’ evidence raised with Met Commissioner

Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley faced questions from the Liberal Democrats on the emergence of new evidence into 'Partygate’ today at the London Assembly, including over the ‘Jingle & Mingle” holiday party for the Shaun Bailey for London campaign.

During the Police and Crime Committee Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon asked Sir Mark Rowley about the new video evidence of the party as well as a hold the date invitation to the event that seemingly showed more details, and about the initial Met investigation.

Shaun Bailey, who also sits on the Police and Crime Committee, was present in the meeting and sat a few seats away.

In response to the question, the Met Commissioner stated that some of the evidence Caroline mentione was new information to the Met, but that the investigation "had been proportionate".

Caroline also quizzed the Met Commissioner on the range of options that could be used on anyone who may have misled the initial Met investigation into the breaches, to which the Commissioner outlined a range of options from no response, to minor offences such as obstructing the police, to serious offences like perverting the course of justice.

Commenting, Caroline said:

“Members of the public up and down the country felt sick to their stomachs when this video emerged.

“While they had grieved and NHS staff worked on the front line, Conservative Campaign Headquarters partied. What’s worse is Rishi Sunak granted Boris Johnson’s request to give some of these people honours.

“I am glad the Met will be reopening its investigation into these events and look forward to seeing the outcome.”

Read more in the Evening Standard.