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Boris Johnson birthday party: what happened at party number 10 and the Covid lockdown rules were in place

The Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, is said to have organized the event in Downing Street

Boris Johnson attended a birthday celebration inside No 10 in June 2020 while the country remained under a Covid lockdown.

The Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, organized a surprise gathering for him with a “happy birthday” chorus on the afternoon of June 19, 2020, ITV News reported.

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A Downing Street spokesman acknowledged that Mr Johnson attended the celebrations, saying staff “gathered briefly” in the Cabinet Room after the meeting.

It is alleged that 30 people attended the gathering and shared cake at a time when socializing indoors was prohibited.

Summary: 5 main points

  • Boris Johnson allegedly attended a birthday party on June 19, 2020 while the country was in lockdown
  • The gathering is believed to have been organized by Carrie Johnson, with around 30 people attending the event in the Cabinet Room in Downing Street
  • Attendees are said to have included Lulu Lytle, the interior designer, who was renovating Apartment 10 at the time, and family friends who are said to have hosted Apartment No. in the evening.
  • Downing Street did not deny the fact that an event took place but played down allegations that it was a “party”, although they have denied allegations that family friends were being held in the apartment. No. 10
  • The latest allegation of an illegal gathering during Covid restrictions has led Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer to brand Mr Johnson a ‘distraction of the nation’

What has Boris Johnson been accused of doing?

The Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, is said to have hosted the event in Downing Street (Getty Images)

According to ITV News, a party was supposed to be held on June 19, 2020 to celebrate the Prime Minister’s birthday.

His wife, Carrie Johnson, is said to have hosted the event, which took place in the Cabinet Room of Downing Street at 2pm.

The Prime Minister is said to have attended the gathering after he returned from an official visit to a school in Hertfordshire.

Around 30 people attended, including Carrie Johnson and Chancellor Lulu Lytle’s interior designer, who was renovating the Downing Street apartment at the time.

Guests gather for about 20 to 30 minutes, eating birthday cakes and picnic foods from M&S.

It is thought that after the afternoon event, family friends were held at the Downing Street apartment.

What did Downing Street say?

No 10 has denied allegations of a “party”, instead saying staff had gathered “briefly” to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “A group of staff from No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after the meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes.”

Regarding the allegation that family friends gathered at the Prime Minister’s residence after yesterday afternoon’s gathering, a spokeswoman added: “This is completely untrue. Consistent with the rules at the time, the Prime Minister hosted a small number of family members that evening.”

What have others said about the situation?

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer again called for his resignation, calling Mr Johnson a ‘distraction of the nation’

“This is more proof that we have a Prime Minister who believes the rules he has put in place do not apply to him,” he said. And so we have a Prime Minister and a Government that spend all their time wiping out the bad and the deceitful.

“Meanwhile, millions of people are struggling to pay their bills and we cannot continue with this chaotic, rudderless Government. The prime minister is a national distraction and he has to go. “

Jo Goodman, co-founder of Covid-19 Bereaved Family for Justice, called the reports “absolutely sick”.

She said: “Like thousands of others, I remember June 19 very well.

“It was the day before my father’s 73rd birthday, shortly after he passed away from Covid-19. It was a horrible time for my family, but we stuck to the rules and couldn’t even hug for comfort.

“It is amazing that the Prime Minister spent the evening sharing the cake with 30 friends in his house and although we are not even surprised anymore, it still brings a new pain. While dozens of people sang happy birthday to him, families could not even sing in remembrance at the funeral of their loved one.

“Regardless of the report, it is clear that the Prime Minister needs to resign. He has lost all credibility. “

However, Culture Minister Nadine Dorries defended the Prime Minister: “So when everyone in the office buys a mid-afternoon cake for someone else, they are working in the office and stop for a while. 10 minutes to sing happy birthday and then go back to the desk, now call it a party? ”

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