Boris Johnson & Carrie Johnson Attended ‘Bring Your Own Alcohol’ Event in Garden No.10 During First Coronavirus Lockdown | Politics News
The Prime Minister and his wife Carrie were among around 40 attending a cocktail party in Downing Street Garden during the UK’s first national COVID lockdown, according to Sky News.
In what turned out to be a ‘bring your own booze’ event on May 20, 2020, a character from Downing Street said Mr Johnson and his then-fiancée were in attendance.
Families of those who died during the coronavirus pandemic reacted with fury to the latest revelations in row number 10 of the ‘partygate’, with a woman describing how the rally was held on the very day of the signing of the death certificate of his father.
She also described how she “felt sick” as Mr Johnson later told her in person in the same garden that he had “done all he could” to protect people like her father during the crisis. COVID.
A Whitehall investigation is already underway into several allegations of coronavirus rule violations in Number 10 and other government buildings, which was sparked by the first allegations of Christmas celebrations in Downing Street in 2020.
The investigation has since been expanded to include two suspected events on May 15 and 20, 2020, the latter of which was originally revealed by Dominic Cummings – the former chief adviser to the Prime Minister.
Leaked email reveals invitation to ‘socially distant drinks’
A leaked email has now emerged from Martin Reynolds – a key assistant to Boris Johnson – urging staff to ‘make the most of the good weather’ with ‘socially distant drinks’.
According to ITV News, which obtained the email, Mr Reynolds’ message on May 20 was sent to more than 100 employees of Number 10, including advisers to the Prime Minister, speech writers and staff at gate.
About 40 participants would have gathered in the garden that evening to eat and drink a picnic.
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At the time, the British had only recently been allowed to meet someone from another household outside as long as they stayed two meters apart.
Mixing with several households was still prohibited.
On May 20, 2020, an additional 363 people died after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Oliver Dowden, then Culture Secretary, took advantage of a press conference in Downing Street at 5 p.m. that day – an hour before the number 10 drink event – to tell the public that “the vast majority of people “Should” stay at home as much as possible “.
On the same day, the Metropolitan Police posted a tweet reminding people that they could only like being outdoors if they were alone, with people they live with, or alone with someone from a different household.
“Bring your own alcohol! “
The leaked email from Mr Reynolds, the Prime Minister’s principal private secretary, to the staff at Number 10 read: “Hello everyone,
“After what has been an incredibly busy time, we thought it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have a socially aloof drink in Garden No.10 this evening.
“Please join us from 6pm and bring your own alcohol!
Using his ‘wagon’ nickname for Mr Johnson, Mr Cummings posted on Twitter Monday that the Prime Minister ‘was there’ at the May 20 event.
Mr Cummings previously claimed, in a blog post last week, that a photo of himself, the Prime Minister, Ms Johnson with the couple’s newborn baby and Mr Reynolds from May 15, 2020 – the date of another alleged social event number 10 – was not an example of a rule violation, but was rather a continuation of a number 10 meeting.
The image, released by The Guardian last month, appears to show the group enjoying wine and cheese seated at a table, while other groups are also pictured enjoying drinks in Downing Garden Street.
However, Mr Cummings also suggested in his blog post that an event on May 20 was against COVID rules and should be investigated.
Prime Minister’s key assistant “must be held accountable”
Doubts had previously been cast over Mr Reynolds’ position at number 10 following early allegations of an event on May 20.
Weekend newspaper articles suggested he was lined up as the ‘fall boy’ in the middle of the ‘partygate’ row.
A senior government source told Sky News: “Reynolds’ job was to protect the staff who relied on him to guide them through something no one had ever done before. It’s just a perfect example of the way he failed.
“The public is right to be outraged by ‘a rule for them, a rule for us’.
“Some people in number 10 felt uncomfortable about it at the time. But the truth is that no one ever got to work in number 10 when the rest of the country was forced to work from home. .
“Reynolds failed to protect people from the spread of COVID in the building and he and others failed to reflect on the consequences of those actions.
“He was responsible for everything, he has to be held responsible for it.”
‘It makes me sick to think about it,’ says daughter of COVID victim
Hannah Brady, spokesperson for the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign, revealed how her 55-year-old father – a ‘fit and healthy key worker’ – died four days before the May 20 event in Downing Street.
“Back then, everyone would have known that going to a party was wrong, so how could those who run the country think it was right?” She said.
“Could there be a more shameful example of ‘one rule for them, and another rule for the rest of us’?
“To make matters worse, in September of last year I sat in that same garden, looked the prime minister in the eye and told him how my father had died.
“He told me he had ‘done all he could’ to protect my dad, knowing he had partied in the same place the same day dad’s death certificate was signed.
“It makes me sick to think about it.”
Labor deputy chief Angela Rayner told Sky News the Prime Minister “should go” if confirmed to be in attendance at the Downing Street event on May 20.
“It’s disgusting, it’s despicable,” she said. “Back then, a lot of people couldn’t see their loved ones who were dying.
“The British public have been told to do whatever it takes to keep people safe, to take care of their loved ones.
“And we find out that an email to over 100 people was sent from Downing Street saying ‘come to our party, bring your own booze, the weather is nice’.
“The Prime Minister should know better. We were in a time of crisis and we needed good leadership and what we got was someone who was good at telling lies and lies.”
Ms Rayner has also called for the results of the Whitehall partygate investigation to be turned over to the police for further investigation.
The Liberal Democrats have also demanded a police investigation into the reports of the May 20 event.
Their leader, Sir Ed Davey, said: “This is yet more proof that while the vast majority of people were playing by the rules, those in number 10 were breaking them.
“It’s a kick in the teeth for everyone who sacrificed so much during the pandemic, from those who couldn’t visit loved ones in the hospital to nurses who carry garbage bags like PPE.”
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of numerous reports of alleged violations of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on May 20, 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.”
No comment from issue 10 as investigation continues
Number 10 declined to comment on Mr Reynolds’ leaked email as the investigation into several allegations of COVID rule violations in Downing Street and other government buildings is still ongoing.
The investigation is being led by senior official Sue Gray.
Earlier Monday, the Prime Minister refused to answer a question to find out if he and his wife attended a party in Downing Street on May 20.
“All of this, as you know, is being properly investigated by Sue Gray,” Mr Johnson said.