The Prime Minister is under increased pressure to face questions on his role on various Covid rules breaches at No10 after it has emerged that as many as 100 people were allegedly invited to a party in the Downing Street garden during the first lockdown in May 2020.
The invitation sent my the PM’s secretary Martin Reynolds, revealed by ITV News, apparently urged attendees to “bring your own booze” and “enjoy the lovely weather”.
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Witnesses have alleged about 40 people attended, including Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie, and there were long tables laden with drink, crisps, sausage rolls and other picnic food, the Mirror reports.
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At the time, Covid measures rules that the public was banned from meeting more than one person outdoors.
The Daily Telegraph reports that a number of Downing Street figures had branded the event a “mad idea” at the time.
The PM dodged questions over the event on a visit to a vaccination clinic yesterday after claims he was at the event.
Following the revelations, Boris Johnson is set to be interviewed personally as a witness to several lockdown-busting gatherings in No 10 – including an alleged Christmas party in December 2020.
Whitehall enforcer Sue Gray, who is investigating the various gatherings, is expected to ask the PM about his role in the scandal; he is alleged to have been present at four of the gatherings under investigation.
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Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner is also demanding that the PM appears before MPs to answer claims that he misled the Commons in previous denials about Number 10 parties.
On December 1 he told MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions: “All guidance was followed completely in No. 10.” And on December 7 he said: “All the guidelines were observed.”
Labour also called for all the evidence to be handed over to the Metropolitan Police which has so far refused to investigate the party claims but is now finally in talks over the Downing Street party ‘breaches’ after 100-person email invite.
As well as a Whitehall inquiry, the PM could face a police investigating. Met Office spokesperson said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on 20 May 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.”
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