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Boris Johnson ‘parties party with 20 civil servants inside Downing Street during first lockdown’

BORIS Johnson attended a party with 20 civil servants inside Downing Street during the first lockdown, it was reported last night.

It is thought Mr Johnson gathered with close advisers on May 15 last year for a celebratory drink inside No10 and its gardens.

Boris Johnson has been accused of attending a party with civil servants at number 10 while locked down

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Boris Johnson has been accused of attending a party with civil servants at number 10 while locked downCredit: Mega Dealer

Based on The Independent, the Prime Minister apparently told an attendee that they deserved a drink for “fighting back” the virus that would later ravage the country that winter.

At that time, people from different households were restricted to one-on-one meetings outdoors and strictly forbidden to gather indoors.

The meeting was held shortly after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a slight easing of restrictions in a televised press conference.

The publication said the group ate pizza and drank alcohol late into the night.

The revelations put more pressure on No10, which has been fiercely criticized for hosting a Christmas party last year.

It was reported that drinks were poured at the desk shortly after Mr Hancock’s press conference ended at 6pm and staff members took their drinks outside to enjoy the fine weather.

Days earlier – on May 10 – Mr Johnson thanked Brits in a televised address for complying with Covid restrictions.

Outlining the increase in fines for restrictive breaches at the time, the Prime Minister said: “You have to follow the rules of social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines. for the offending minority.”

Responding to the allegation, a No10 spokesman said: “During the summer months, Downing Street staff regularly use the garden for a number of meetings.

“On 15 May 2020, the prime minister held a series of meetings throughout the afternoon, including a briefing with the then-care and health secretary and his team in the garden after a meeting. newspaper.

“The Prime Minister arrived at his residence shortly after 7pm. A small number of staff required to work remained in the Downing Street garden for part of the afternoon and evening.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the former health minister said the allegations were untrue.

There was no suggestion that Mr Johnson or Mr Hancock had drunk himself, or stayed late.

It happened when the Prime Minister was accused individuals violate Covid laws by organizing virtual tests in No10 for employees in the policy unit and press office last Christmas.

Mr Johnson appears on screen reading questions to colleagues on December 15, 2020.

A leaked email shows that the organizers planned the event days in advance for some employees to attend the event in person, from the office.

The Prime Minister held the contest via Zoom while some staff were using computers at their offices instead of logging in from home.

Leaked email, viewed by Mirror, had been sent the previous Friday to the captain, who had told staffers “intended to stay in the office to take the test” to follow social distancing rules.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17065858/boris-johnson-joins-no10-party/ Boris Johnson ‘parties party with 20 civil servants inside Downing Street during first lockdown’

Huynh Nguyen

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