Dominic Raab has been criticized by Labor after suggesting it was unusual for police to investigate crimes over the past year.
The Justice Minister said on Sunday that if the employees of No. 10 had held a Christmas party in 2020 in violation of the blocking rules, this would have been “wrong”.
But in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, he added that the police “usually don’t look back and investigate things that happened a year ago”.
Steve Reed, the newly appointed shadow Justice Minister for Labor, said: “The Justice Secretary does not understand how the judiciary works in our country.
“No wonder the fear of crime grows under this rain of government.”
Jess Phillips, shadow minister for domestic violence added, “Dominic Raab apparently thinks he’s the attorney general on the Minority Report where only future crimes are of interest.”
Boris Johnson hasn’t denied reports that his staff held a party on December 18 last year when London was under Tier 3 restrictions, but has insisted that no rules have been broken.
The Metropolitan Police have announced they are looking into complaints from two Labor MPs, despite not having typically investigated retrospective Covid rule violations.
Last week, The Daily Mirror reported that there were two events being held in No.10 in the run-up to the holiday season last year.
The first is said to have been a farewell for a senior adviser that happened in November when the country was in a second national lockdown, in which Johnson attended, who gave a speech.
The second was reportedly a staff party in December, which reportedly played party games, served food and drinks, and celebrated past midnight.
The regulations in the capital of the time expressly forbid Christmas dinners and parties that are “primarily a social activity and not otherwise permitted”.