FORMER Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for his “mistake” after being photographed at a dinner party for nine people.

The MP and his wife were pictured with the guests at the gathering in London last weekend – the photos were published in the Sun newspaper today. The group now face fines totalling up to £1800.

People not living with local lockdowns in England are free to go into others’ homes, however they must follow the “rule of six”.

Under this restriction, a maximum of six people from six different households can meet together and social distancing must be followed.

Those who breach the rules face fines of £200 for a first-time offence.

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Corbyn said: “I recently had dinner at a friend’s house where the number of guests eventually exceeded five.

"I understand that remaining at the dinner was a breach of the rule of six. I apologise for my mistake.”

The news comes as Boris Johnson’s dad issued an apology after being caught shopping with no face covering.

Stanley Johnson was photographed in a newsagents in West London on Tuesday with no mask – in England first-time offenders can face fines of £200 for failing to follow the Government guidance.

Johnson said he was not “100% up to speed” with the rules having been out of England for three weeks.

He told the Daily Mirror: “I'm extremely sorry for the slip up and I would urge absolutely everybody to do everything they can to make sure they do follow the rules about masks and social distancing.

"The fact this was my first day back in the UK after three weeks abroad is, I am sure, no excuse for not knowing the rules."