Senior Assistant to Prime Minister urged staff to ‘bring your own alcohol’ lock drinks – reports

Labor accused Boris Johnson of disregarding the “rules he put in place for the rest of us” after a leaked email appeared to show his private secretary was hosting a drink to break the lockdown in the garden at n ° 10.

artin Reynolds, the Prime Minister’s senior private secretary, emailed more than 100 Downing Street employees asking them to “bring your own booze” for a rally night, ITV reported.

Mr Reynolds said they should ‘make the most of the good weather’ despite England facing strict Covid-19 restrictions in May 2020.

Boris Johnson has always shown he has no respect for the rules he sets for the rest of usLabor Deputy Leader Angel Rayner

The Prime Minister imposed England’s first lockdown to fight Covid-19 in March 2020 and it was not until June 1 that groups of up to six people were allowed to meet outside.

Mr Reynolds’ email relates to an event that allegedly took place on May 20, 2020.

Allegations about the 40-person rally emerged last week when Dominic Cummings, a former senior aide to Mr Johnson, said he warned at the time that ‘socially distanced drinks’ would likely be against the rules and “shouldn’t happen”.

The Sunday Times and ITV alleged that the Prime Minister attended the event with his wife Carrie Johnson.

Deputy Labor Party leader Angela Rayner said Sue Gray, the senior official investigating allegations of government lockdown-violating rallies, should confirm that the leaked email will be part of her investigation.

The Cabinet Office official has already confirmed that she is investigating the May 20 event as part of her investigation, as well as a separate garden gathering on May 15, 2020, which was revealed by a leaked photo showing the Prime Minister. minister and staff seated around a table with cheese and wine.

At the time of this holiday, 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.Angela Raynor

Ms Rayner 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 responsible to take responsibility for his own mistakes, but he’s setting 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 in incredibly 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.”

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