Bomb email inviting 100 No10 staff to a ‘BYOB’ drink party during the first lockdown

Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to deny attending the May 20, 2020 meeting, which is under investigation by an ethics chief – and now the email invitation has gone out

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A bombshell email emerged this evening showing more than 100 No 10 staff were invited to a ‘bring your own booze’ drink party during the first lockdown.

The post suggested they should “make the most of the good weather” – even though the rest of the country was prohibited from meeting more than one person outside.

Witnesses said about 40 staff were in attendance on May 20, 2020, including Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, and there were long tables loaded with drinks, crisps, sausage rolls and more. picnic foods.

Outdoor gatherings were banned in England at the time under Covid rules.

Boris Johnson’s senior private secretary Martin Reynolds now has to fight for his job after the May 2020 email was revealed by ITV News.

Martin Reynolds, Senior Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, fights for his job


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Earlier today, Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to deny attending the rally, which is under investigation by chief standards Sue Gray.

ITV News has now obtained a screenshot of the email invitation – and reported that it was sent to over 100 No.10 employees, including PM advisers, speech writers and door staff.

The email represents the first evidence of the May 20, 2020 social rally, first revealed by former No.10 aide Dominic Cummings on Friday.

In the email marked “Official Sensitive # 10 Only”, Mr Reynolds wrote: “Hello everyone, after an incredibly busy time, it would be nice to make the most of the good weather and take a social distancing drink in garden # 10 tonight.

“Please join us from 6pm and bring your own alcohol!”

Less than an hour before the rally, Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden told the public at Daily Briefing No.10 to stick to meeting in pairs outside despite the sunshine.

The May 20 rally was revealed last week by a former Downing Street aide Dominique cummings , who has gone to war with his former boss since leaving government in November 2020.

The email obtained by ITV News


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Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, said: “Boris Johnson has always shown he does not play by the rules he sets for the rest of us.

“He’s trying to get those in charge to take responsibility for his own mistakes, but he’s setting the tone for the way Downing Street and the rest of the government operate.

“At the time this holiday took place, key frontline workers were working around the clock to protect us all, people suffered loneliness and loss under unbelievably difficult circumstances and for the majority of the country our freedom was limited to a daily walk.

“Labor has welcomed Sue Gray’s investigation, but we need confirmation that this latest revelation, and all other parts not yet revealed by press inquiries, will be covered by her investigation.”

Whitehall executor Ms Gray is leading the investigation into a spate of rule-breaking parties in No 10 and across government after explosive revelations first reported by the Daily Mirror.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson in the garden at 10 Downing Street after their wedding in 2021



The rally is separate from that of May 15, 2020, a photo of which showed Mr Johnson and his wife sitting with No 10 staff on the terrace with a bottle of wine and cheese.

When asked on Monday whether he and his wife Carrie attended the May 20 event, Mr Johnson repeatedly told reporters: ‘All of this, as you know, is the subject of a appropriate investigation by Sue Gray. ”

Downing Street has also declined to comment on three occasions whether the Prime Minister was present.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “As I have already made clear, an independent process is underway to review this led by Sue Gray and I cannot comment further as it unfolds.”

It comes hours after Downing Street denied Mr Reynolds would be transferred to another post due to the fury.

“The Prime Minister has full confidence in his team. There is no change in this post,” said the Prime Minister’s spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister will not be investigated by the Parliament’s watchdog over the £ 112,000 renovation of his Downing Street apartment, No 10 confirmed.

Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone had been called in to investigate whether the Prime Minister had broken the rules applicable to MPs.

His ministerial interests adviser Lord Geidt revealed last week that Mr Johnson had not told him about trades with a Tory donor who had helped fund the overhaul.

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