Jeremy Corbyn won't be fined £200 despite being caught on camera breaking the Rule of Six coronavirus regulations.
The ex-Labour leader was pictured at an eight-person dinner party held to remember Occupy Wall Street organiser David Graeber, in breach of the government's rules on social gatherings.
Scotland Yard has now confirmed he will not be fined for flouting the regulations after the police revealed they will not retrospectively enforce coronavirus laws.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's dad Stanley, who was caught in a shop without a face mask on, will also not be fined under the same conditions.
A police spokesman said: "As a matter of course the Metropolitan Police Service is not investigating Covid-related issues retrospectively.
"Where we become aware of a breach occurring, officers will seek to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the rules, only enforcing as a last resort.
"Where alleged breaches are brought to our attention after the event, officers will not have had the opportunity to engage, explain or encourage, and those involved will not have had the opportunity to respond positively to that process – as most people do.
"Therefore, it would not be appropriate or an effective use of resources in most circumstances to investigate or pursue enforcement. We encourage everyone to make themselves aware of, and to follow, the rules."
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Mr Corbyn attended the dinner party held in memory of Mr Graeber, who died last month aged 59, with his wife Laura Alvarez, Mr Graeber's widow Nika Dubrovsky and five others.
Allies of the ex-Labour leader are trying to find out who leaked the photo, which prompted Mr Corbyn to apologise for breaking coronavirus restrictions on how many people can meet in a household.
Stanley Johnson also apologised for going to the shops without a mask.
The so-called Rule of Six was introduced by the government on September 14 in a bid to halt the spread of a second wave of Covid-19.
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Those in violation of the rule face potential fines of £200 each for first-time offenders. It applies across England.
Mr Corbyn said: "I recently had dinner at a friend's house where the number of guests exceeded five.
"I understand that remaining at the dinner was a breach of the Rule of Six, I apologise for my mistake."
A source said: "It's clear the Jeremy realised immediately the danger the photo had put him in.
"His face says it all. He knows he shouldn't have been present and he, of all people, should know the rules."
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