Boris Johnson ‘categorically’ denies being told No 10 events were against Covid rules

Boris Johnson has rejected accusations that he lied to Parliament over allegations of Covid rule-breaking parties in Downing Street, insisting that “nobody told me that what we were doing was against the rules”.

Mr Johnson repeated his apologies to the Queen and the country in comments made at Finchley Memorial Hospital in north London, but denied allegations by Dominic Cummings that he had misled the Commons.

“As I said in the House of Commons, when I went out into that garden I thought I was attending a work event,” Mr Johnson told broadcasters. “I think it’s very important that we see what the inquiry has to say. I will be coming back to the House of Commons as soon as it’s reported, as soon as I can after it and I’ll be telling people more.

“I can’t believe that we would have gone ahead with an event that people were saying was against the rules or not asking people to do. Nobody warned me that it was against the rules… I would remember that.”

Asked if he would resign if he was found to have misled Parliament, Mr Johnson said: “Well let’s see what the report says. It would be quite wrong of me to prejudge what the inquiry will say or do.”

It came as Rishi Sunak broke his silence on the “partygate” scandal engulfing the Prime Minister, insisting that he “of course” believes his assertions he did not know about any parties at Downing Street.

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