In the course of the investigation into a number of lockdown parties, the British police have sent Prime Minister Boris Johnson a questionnaire.

"We can confirm that the Prime Minister has received a questionnaire from the Metropolitan Police.

He will respond as required," a government spokesman said on Friday.

British media had previously speculated whether Johnson was one of the 50 or so recipients of the questionnaires.

Police said on Wednesday they would be sending questionnaires to more than 50 people as part of the investigation into at least 12 Downing Street events in 2020 and 2021.

The respondents should provide information about their activities on the days in question within seven days.

Johnson had come under immense pressure in the past few weeks because of the scandal surrounding celebrations with plenty of alcohol at his official residence during the corona lockdown.

Several MPs from his Tory party publicly called for the Prime Minister's resignation.

criticism from predecessors

Strong criticism also came from former Conservative Prime Minister John Major.

He accused Johnson of lying and damaging the UK's reputation.

Britain's international reputation is now "in tatters," said Major, who ruled the country from 1990 to 1997.

Major is the second of Johnson's Conservative predecessors in office to criticize him over the "Partygate" revelations.

Last week, Theresa May accused Downing Street of not following the rules.