THE two most powerful politicians in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, both broke the law while in office.

The two have each received a fixed penalty notice for attending a party held in Downing Street while the rest of the UK was in lockdown.

However, reports spreading online suggested that this may have been an underreporting of the facts, and that the two law-breakers may have been issued a total of six fines between them.

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One media outlet said, in a story widely circulating online, that a No 10 spokesperson had said: “The Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have today received notification that the Metropolitan Police intend to issue them with six penalty notices.”

The story was widely shared by prominent Twitter accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers, including politicians in government.

However, while it is not out of the question that Johnson and members of his Cabinet may yet receive more fines for breaking the law, as yet they have not been handed that many.

Instead, No 10 confirmed that the reporter had misheard the words “fixed penalty notices” as “six penalty notices”.

As it stands, Johnson has only received the one. He has paid this fine, and issued a “full apology” for breaking the laws he set.

However, that has done little to quell the calls for his resignation from across the political spectrum.

The Prime Minister is reported to have attended as many as six of the events being investigated by police, so he may be issued further fines.