Over 100 people and lots of alcohol: Boris Johnson's Downing Street party in lockdown

New controversy in the UK. The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and his wife, Carrie Johnson, participated in a party with alcoholic beverages at the headquarters of the Government Headquarters, Downing Street, on May 20, 2020, in full confinement by Covid, as reported by the British media.

More than a hundred employees of the prime minister’s office were invited to that party in which each participant had to “bring your own bottle”, as specified in an email by Johnson’s private secretary, Martin Reynolds.

At that time, only meetings between two people from different family nuclei were allowed outdoors and keeping a distance never less than two meters.

The ITV television channel has confirmed this information advanced on Sunday by the newspaper The Sunday Times that Johnson and his partner participated in the celebration. So far, the prime minister’s office has not denied that he was present.

“Drinks with distance”

The message Reynolds sent to Downing Street employees urged them to “take advantage of the good weather” while having “drinks with social distance.”

That email, obtained exclusively on television, encouraged all recipients to “join in at 6:00 PM and bring their own alcoholic beverage.” About 40 people participated in the gathering, in which picnic snacks were eaten and alcohol was consumed, according to ITV News.

At that time, the confinement rules allowed only one person to be reunited in the open air and within a distance of two meters.

The celebration, the existence of which was already suggested on Friday on his personal blog by Johnson’s former super-advisor. Dominic Cummings, adds to recent reports of playful celebrations in Downing Street during the months of lockdown and restrictions in 2020.

More parties in the middle of Covid

On December 20, the newspaper The Guardian released a photo of the prime minister and his wife chatting amicably and with glasses of wine in the gardens of your residence with collaborators.

Still more anger was sparked by images of Johnson’s press team joking about hiding an alleged Christmas party that had taken place at the seat of government on December 19, 2020.

The internal investigation being led by a senior British official, Sue Gray, into the holding of alleged parties in Downing Street is expected to examine new evidence pointing to the social gathering to which Johnson’s own secretary invited.

The number two from the labor opposition, Angela Rayner, stressed today in statements to ITV that it is “vital” that Gray have access to all the information necessary to carry out his investigation, even if it means interviewing the prime minister himself.

“It’s terrible. Many people, looking at the evidence now, will not only think that Boris Johnson is getting caught by his own lies, but they will see that is despicable that when they were being told to follow the rules, Johnson and his team were violating them, “Rayner said.

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