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Champaigne bottle donated by Tory party Chairman Oliver Fowsen auctioned as 'souvenir of partygate at fundraiser

A bottle of champagne that Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden bestowed to a fundraising auction sale was tagged as being "hugely valuable as a souvenir of partygate".

A photograph of the donation, apportioned by food nitpicker Jay Rayner on social media platform, displays the bottle's label stating: "A bottle of champagne signed by Boris. Hugely valuable as a souvenir of partygate and the exemplary behaviour and morality of our dear leader!"

A pointperson for Mr Dowden ipublished a declaration saying he had absolutely no idea of how the item would be recounted.

"This item was donated in good faith several months ago for a local charity auction," the spokesperson said.

"Oliver Dowden had no prior knowledge of the description and this is obviously not his view."

Those affiliated to the Tory chairman thinks it was put down by someone engaged in the fundraising event, held in Hertfordshire where his constituency of Hertsmere resides, and not everyone connected with the Conservative Party.

Reacting to Mr Rayner's post, Labour MP Chris Bryant said: "They really are laughing at us."

In a declaration the Hertfordshire Community Foundation said: "This item was donated in good faith several months ago as part of a charity auction raising funds to support some of the county's most vulnerable residents.

"The description was not drafted or seen by MP Oliver Dowden."

At least 50 more financial penalty have been published  this week as a result of the police inquiry into lockdown-violationl parties in Downing Street and Whitehall during coronavirus limitations.

But Number 10 has established  Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not among those who have received a new fixed penalty notice (FPN).

In the up to the minute  update on its inquiry, the Metropolitan Police asserted that as of Thursday it has made more than 100 referrals for FPNs to the ACRO Criminal Records Office for infrictions of COVID-19 regulations.

The particulars of those who receive financial penalties are not disclosed by police, as is norm with the publishing of fixed penalty notices.

However, Downing Street has been specific they would make it open if further financial penalties are received by the prime minister, the chancellor or the cabinet secretary.

Speaking after a regional cabinet meeting in Staffordshire on Thursday, the PM was asked if he or his wife Carrie Johnson had been issued with a second fixed-penalty notice.

"No, but as soon as we have more to say on that, as I've said many times before, you will be among the very first to know," he replied.

When the second set of fixed penalty notices was disclosed in April, it was swiftly established that the PM, his wife and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were among those penalised for breaking the government's own COVID laws in a scandal that has been dubbed "partygate".

All three were hit with the £50 penalty for their attendance at a birthday party for the PM in the Cabinet Room in Downing Street on 19 June 2020.

They have all since paid the fine.

The Metropolitan Police's examination into lockdown-violation parties held across Downing Street and Whitehall is still ongoing.

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