Boris booze-up! Johnson is accused of attending a BYOB party in the No10 garden during the lockdown.
BORIS JOHNSON and his wife, Carrie, are accused of partying in the gardens of No10 during the lockdown.
The Sunday Times reported that the Prime Minister broke lockdown rules during the first lockdown in May 2020, and Downing Street did not immediately deny the report.
According to three sources, Mr Johnson’s private secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited officials to the drinks party via email, instructing guests to BYOB (bring your own bottle of alcohol).
The emails are being used as evidence in Whitehall enforcer Sue Gray’s investigation into rule-breaking during the pandemic at Downing Street.
While Covid restrictions were still in place, 40 people allegedly attended the May garden party.
Restrictions allowing people to mix outside in groups of up to six people were only implemented on June 1, 2020, and two households were not allowed to mix indoors or outdoors until July 4, 2020.
The garden party, according to one of the alleged witnesses, was “a proper booze-up.”
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner slammed Mr Johnson for “playing the country for fools” and demanded the release of Ms Gray’s report as soon as possible.
“The culture of total disregard for the rules appears to have been embedded into life in Downing Street from the very beginning of the pandemic,” she told The Telegraph.
“At a time when much of the country was struggling with empty shelves and a total lockdown with no meeting with others permitted, it appears that No 10 was hosting parties from the beginning.”
“Boris Johnson and his team are playing the American people for fools.”
“As soon as possible, we need the report from Sue Gray’s independent investigation, and Boris Johnson must face the consequences of his actions.”
According to the Sunday Times, Dominic Cummings, the former Prime Minister’s chief adviser, responded to Mr Reynolds’ invitation by saying that it was a bad idea.
Mr. Cummings responded to a leaked photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his staff, including himself, sitting around cheese and wine on May 15, 2020, in a blog post on Friday.
Mr Cummings, on the other hand, insisted that nothing about that day was “illegal or unethical.”
“A senior No 10 official invited people to’socially distanced drinks’ in the garden on Wednesday 20 May, the week after this photo,” he continued.
Mr. Cummings went on to say that he and at least one other special adviser had issued a “written” warning.
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