Email Shows Boris Johnson’s Assistant Invited No 10 Staff To Lock Down ‘BYOB’ Party | Boris Johnson

One of Boris Johnson’s senior officials invited staff to “socially distanced drinks in Garden No 10” during the month of May of the first lockdown, according to a leaked email.

The email, from Martin Reynolds, the senior private secretary, invited just over 100 employees to No 10 at a time when social mixing was outlawed apart from someone else from another household in the outside.

According to ITV News, he said: “Hello everyone, after an incredibly busy time it would be nice to make the most of the good weather and have a social distancing drink in Garden No.10 tonight. Join us from 6 p.m. and bring your own alcohol!

Johnson’s spokesperson declined to comment in light of an ongoing investigation into potential lockdown violations at Downing Street. No 10 did not deny this weekend that the Prime Minister and his wife attended the May 20 event, which was reportedly staged with food and wine laid out on tables.

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The Guardian reported on a Downing Street “wine and pizza” evening in the Garden and inside No.10 on May 15, 2020, with staff drinking late in the evening after a press conference that day. After Number 10 insisted the staff were working, the Guardian obtained a photo of the Prime Minister and his wife sitting with officials at a table with wine and cheese, with 15 other staff behind -plan and wine bottles visible.

These events are accompanied by reports of at least five other potential gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall in December 2020, including a Christmas party, quiz, quiz, No.11 Flat Party and Drinks at the Ministry of the ‘Education.

Downing Street is now facing calls to ensure Johnson himself will be personally questioned by Sue Gray’s investigation into the alleged No 10 rallies during the first lockdown.

Responding to the leaked email, Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, said: ‘Boris Johnson has always shown he disregards the rules he puts in place 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. 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.

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