Ian Hislop slams decision to stop Partygate fine updates until after elections
Ian Hislop has hit out at the Metropolitan Police’s “ludicrous” decision to stop updating the public over partygate fines until the local elections take place in May.
The editor of Private Eye gave an impassioned verdict on the situation on Friday’s episode of Have I Got News For You, and called for the police to be investigated over its decision.
Downing Street has indicated it will still say whether the prime minister, who was already handed one fixed-penalty notice by police over a birthday event in 2020, receives further fines, despite Scotland Yard’s pause on announcements.
A Met spokesperson said: “While the investigation will continue during the pre-election period, due to the restrictions around communicating before the May local elections, we will not provide further updates until after 5 May.”
Speaking on the show, Hislop said: “The police have said ‘well we won’t issue any more fines until the local elections, because we don’t want the electorate to know what’s going on. That would ruin the point of democracy’.
Ian Hislop on #HIGNFY is in superb formpic.twitter.com/XpfQSDnUKo