Boris Johnson accused of attending ANOTHER lockdown-breaking party in May 2020 after Covid battle

Boris Johnson has been accused of attending yet one more lockdown-busting party – this time only a month after his battle with Covid through the nation’s first lockdown.

The Prime Minister reportedly joined as much as 20 members of Downing Road workers inside and in the gardens of No. 10 throughout a late-spring celebration that featured beer, wine and pizza on May 15, 2020.

Hours earlier, the then Well being Secretary Matt Hancock hosted a press convention in which he revealed 384 individuals had died of Covid – earlier than later heading to Downing Road’s gardens for a ‘debrief’ with the Prime Minister.

On the gathering, Mr Johnson allegedly informed one civil servant, who was consuming alcohol, that he deserved his drink for his work in serving to to ‘beat again the virus’, studies the Independent.

Sources indicted these in attendance had deliberate celebratory drinks in advance of the occasion, with alcohol being poured at desks and staffers staying late into the night time. There is no such thing as a suggestion that Mr Johnson or Mr Hancock drank alcohol or stayed late.

On the time of the newest alleged infraction, the blending of a number of households indoors was banned and teams might solely meet one-on-one in out of doors settings.  

Thursday marked the newest twist in the long-running saga of Downing Road being accused of internet hosting a string of lockdown-busting events in spite of the draconian restrictions they themselves set.

The Prime Minister reportedly joined up to 20 members of Downing Street staff inside and in the gardens of No. 10 during a late-spring celebration that featured beer, wine and pizza on May 15, 2020

The Prime Minister reportedly joined as much as 20 members of Downing Road workers inside and in the gardens of No. 10 throughout a late-spring celebration that featured beer, wine and pizza on May 15, 2020

At the gathering, Mr Johnson allegedly told one civil servant, who was drinking alcohol, that he deserved his drink for his work in helping to 'beat back the virus'

On the gathering, Mr Johnson allegedly informed one civil servant, who was consuming alcohol, that he deserved his drink for his work in serving to to ‘beat again the virus’

Talking final April, Mr Johnson admitted ‘issues might have gone both approach’ throughout his keep on the intensive care ward at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

The PM was taken to hospital on Sunday, April 5, moved to intensive care and supplied oxygen as his signs worsened on Monday, April 6, and left the St Thomas’ on Sunday, April 12. 

However, Mr Johnson is alleged to have attended a celebratory occasion, categorised as a party by these in attendances, that breaced his personal Authorities’s restrictions only a month in a while May 15.

Now ANOTHER Tory minister faces recent questions over alleged lockdown-breaking workplace Xmas party 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ staffers threw an ‘unlawful’ Whitehall workplace party on the identical day that London was positioned into Tier 3 restrictions.

Nearly a dozen senior civil servants deliberate the boozy, rule-breaking gathering, held on Wednesday December 16.

Sources informed the Mirror that senior workers had been ‘boozing and dancing’ the night time away after 5pm.  

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps' staffers threw an 'illegal' Whitehall office party on the same day that London was placed into Tier 3 restrictions.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ staffers threw an ‘unlawful’ Whitehall workplace party on the identical day that London was positioned into Tier 3 restrictions.

The Division for Transport apologised after admitting workers had been concerned in the infraction. 

Mr Shapps, 53, denies all information of the occasion. 

A spokesperson for Mr Shapps stated:’ He was not notified or invited and would have banned such a gathering forthwith, had he been made conscious that it was being ready.’

He stayed on the ‘party’ held in 10 Downing Road for quarter-hour, the place he informed aides who had been consuming alcohol at their desks that they deserved their congratulatory drinks, the Impartial studies. 

Civil servants had been seen carrying alcohol into the gardens of 10 Downing Road, the place they drank and loved the nice and cozy climate.

A spokesperson for Mr Johnson stated: ‘The prime minister went to his residence shortly after 7pm. A small quantity of workers required to be in work remained in the Downing Road backyard for half of the afternoon and night.’ 

Days earlier, on May 10, Mr Johnson warned that fines for these breaching social distancing restrictions can be growing. 

On the time, the indoor mixing of a number of households was banned, and solely two separate households had been eligible to combine outdoor.

A spokesman for Mr Hancock stated the previous minister did nothing mistaken and claimed he didn’t attend a lockdown-breaching party.

He stated: ‘There is no such thing as a suggestion Mr Hancock did something mistaken. He was in Downing Road to offer the Press Convention that day. Matt arrived at Downing St at 4:43pm and gave the press convention from 5:03 to roughly 5:53 on lifting lockdown measures. 

‘After the press convention, Matt debriefed his personal staff, then went to the Downing St backyard to debrief the Prime Minister. He left Downing Road at 6:32pm and went again to the Division for Well being and Social Care.’

The PM has confronted fury from the lots and a public revolt from Tory backbenchers over a collection of alleged events held in November and December 2020 which might be at present being investigated by Cupboard Secretary Simon Case. 

Downing Road workers are accused of holding 4 gatherings which will have damaged lockdown guidelines final 12 months – together with one gathering on November 13 in the Prime Minister’s Downing Road flat attended by his spouse Carrie.

Along with the quiz held on December 15, Downing Road workers are accused of holding a Christmas Party on December 18 and a leaving do at which the PM allegedly gave a brief speech on November 27.

The quiz night time is one of not less than six events throughout Whitehall from November to December final 12 months when the Authorities was ordering the general public to remain at dwelling and defend the NHS. 

What number of events is the Authorities alleged to have held final 12 months and when did they occur? 

PARTIES IN DOWNING STREET  

Dom’s Gone bash – November 13: Dominic Cummings alleges that the PM held a gathering at his grace-and-favour flat on November 13 final 12 months, the day the adviser was ousted from Downing Road. Mr Cummings additionally instructed there had been ‘different flat events’.    

Leaving do – November 27: The Prime Minister reportedly gave a speech at a packed Quantity 10 leaving do for a ‘senior aide’. Sources claimed that ’40 or 50 individuals’ had been current.

Christmas party – December 18: Employees in Downing Road are believed to have held a Christmas party, with studies that dozens of individuals attended the occasion, some sporting festive jumpers and exchanging Secret Santa presents. London had been positioned into Tier 3 restrictions on December 16 – the very best degree of curbs on freedoms on the time which banned individuals from completely different households mixing indoors. Downing Road has stated Boris Johnson didn’t attend the occasion.  

Quiz night time – December: Sources informed the BBC {that a} separate Christmas quiz occasion was held for Quantity 10 workers sooner or later in December. Everybody was apparently invited to attend and to type groups. One supply stated some individuals attended just about by way of Zoom however others did attend in particular person and sat in teams of six. Downing Road has insisted the quiz was ‘digital’. 

… AND ELSEWHERE IN WHITEHALL  

December 10: Then-education secretary Gavin Williamson hosted a Division for Schooling party for ‘as much as 24 individuals’ on December 10. The gathering, which included foods and drinks, passed off in the division’s canteen. The division has admitted the occasion occurred.  

December 14: About 25 individuals gathered in the basement of the Conservative party’s Matthew Parker St workplaces in Westminster. The Times reported final night time that advisers at Conservative marketing campaign headquarters held an occasion with Shaun Bailey, the party’s unsuccessful candidate for mayor of London this May.