‘Bring your own booze’: email reveals Boris Johnson’s plan Help with Downing Street party

A leaked email suggested more than 100 No 10 employees were invited to drinks in the Downing Street Garden as coronavirus restrictions were in place in 2020.

Guests were urged, according to an ITV report, to “bring your own alcohol” for the alleged May 20, 2020 event, which came five days after another event where the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie Johnson were photographed with Downing Street officials drinking wine and cheese in the garden.

ITV says around 40 employees gathered in the garden that evening, including Boris Johnson and his wife.

A day earlier, The Sunday Times cited three sources as saying that Johnson’s senior private secretary, Martin Reynolds, emailed officials with an invitation adding “BYOB,” which means bringing your own bottle to the rally.

ITV said the email from Reynolds read: “After what has been an incredibly busy time, it would be nice to make the most of the good weather and have a social drink in Garden No10 tonight.

“Please join us from 6 p.m. and bring your own alcohol!” “

Labor accused Johnson of having “no respect for the rules he puts in place for the rest of us.”

Deputy Labor Party leader Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson has always shown he does not play by the rules he sets for the rest of us. He tries to get officials to take responsibility for his own mistakes, but he sets the tone for how 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 any other part not yet revealed by press inquiries, will be covered by her investigation.”

Johnson had previously dodged whether he attended a party on May 20, 2020 in Downing Street during the lockdown.

Senior official Sue Gray is investigating the May 20 event as part of her probe into numerous allegations of rule-breaking events that unfolded at No.10 during the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked if he and his wife were present, Johnson replied, “All of this, as you know, is being properly investigated by Sue Gray.”

Pressed to find out if he had been interviewed by Ms Gray, he said: “This is all under investigation by Sue Gray.”

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