Following the announcement of Boris, Rishi and Carrie’s FPN this afternoon, Jolyon Maugham put out an astonishing tweet claiming credit for the fines.
A reminder that the Met was absolutely adamant that it would not investigate criminality at Number 10. It was only after @GoodLawProject sued them that they changed their mind. We are very pleased we did - and grateful to all who supported our action.— Jo Maugham (@JolyonMaugham) April 12, 2022
He’s since repeated this ego-inflating claim in the Independent, who lapped up his absurd spin by commissioning an op-ed entitled “we forced the Met to investigate No. 10 on Partygate – today we brought justice”. Just one problem – not only is this bollocks, the Met has confirmed it to be so.
In a document available via the Good Law Project’s own site, the Metropolitan Police point out that the campaign group’s judicial review claim had no impact on its decision to investigate Partygate, a direct contradiction of Jolyon’s masturbatory claim today.
“For the avoidance of doubt the recent decision was not caused in any way by the instant judicial review claim
“Second, and significantly, the decision of 8 December 2021 was never a final decision. The Defendant made clear to the claimant… that if new information came to light, in particular as a result of the investigations being carried out on behalf of the Cabinet Office by Sue Gray, then the Defendant would decide afresh whether to open an investigation into the alleged gatherings… That is precisely what happened in this case…
This claim was always premature. Despite that fact being made clear the Claiminat still chose to issue this claim.
This man knows no shame…