Met Police response to alleged Downing Street Christmas party referred to watchdog

The Metropolitan Police reached out to the police station after a complaint was filed about their handling of an alleged Christmas party on Downing Street.

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb filed a complaint with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) about the reported December 18, 2020 incident and the lack of an investigation.

According to the PA, the Metropolitan Police have now responded to confirm that their complaint has been split in two.

Lady Jones had said there was a “case to answer” for the Met “assisting and inciting a crime or willful failure to enforce the law on behalf of government officials and their staff” due to the “extensive” police presence on Downing Street.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Tony O’Sullivan, Directorate of Professional Standards, told the Green Peer in a letter: “I forwarded your complaint to the Independent Police Conduct Bureau because you are actually alleging wrongdoing by MPS officers in public office .

“The IOPC will now decide whether the complaint needs to be investigated and, if so, how.”

In the second part, a Met inspector said he was referring to Lady Jones’ complaint that the Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick “refused to investigate allegations of an illegal gathering on December 18, 2020.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is not the competent authority to handle complaints about the Commissioner and as such it has been referred to MOPAC.”

MOPAC is the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime that sets the direction and budget for the Met.

At a Christmas party in Downing Street on December 18 last year, officials and advisers are said to be giving speeches, enjoying a cheese board, drinking together and exchanging secret Christmas presents, although the Prime Minister is believed not to have attended.

Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman Allegra Stratton quit after being filmed at a mock press conference joking about it with fellow aides.

The event is at the center of an investigation led by Senior Official Sue Gray, which is investigating the parties breaking the lockdown across Whitehall.

The IOPC was contacted for comment.

A spokesman for the mayor’s office for police and crime said: “A complaint has been received and is being examined.”

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