Rishi Sunak says he is ‘sincerely sorry’ for breach of lockdown rules

The Chancellor denied he considered quitting over after he was fined for attending Boris Johnson’s birthday gathering.

Gavin Cordon
Thursday 21 April 2022 14:32
Chancellor Rishi Sunak (Peter Byrne/PA)
Chancellor Rishi Sunak (Peter Byrne/PA)

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said he is “extremely and sincerely sorry” for the hurt he caused by his attendance at a birthday gathering for Boris Johnson during lockdown.

Mr Sunak, in Washington for the spring meeting of the IMF, said he respected the decision of the police in deciding to fine him for a breach of Covid rules over the event in June 2020.

He denied, however, that he had considered resigning last week when he, along with Mr Johnson, received a fixed-penalty notice (FPN).

I have always acted, I believe, in good faith in regard to what I said to Parliament

Rishi Sunak

“I fully respect the decision that the police have reached,” he told the BBC.

“I paid the FPN notice straightaway and I am extremely and sincerely sorry for the hurt and the anger that this has caused so many people.

“I have always acted, I believe, in good faith in regard to what I said to Parliament.”

Asked if he had considered resigning, he said: “No. I am focused on getting on with the job I have got to do.”

It was reported that Mr Sunak had to be talked out of quitting after it took around seven hours for him to issue an apology following his receipt last week of a FPN.

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