Two rallies to break the lockdown were held in Downing Street ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, a newspaper said.
more allegations Break the Blockade Party British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office is fueling public outrage over new reports that government workers held a social event last year while Queen Elizabeth II mourned her husband.
The Telegraph reported on Thursday that two receptions were held at Johnson’s official residence on April 16, 2021, in breach of the coronavirus restrictions imposed at the time on social gatherings.
Johnson was at his Chequers country home that day, the paper said.
Around 30 people reportedly attended the events and enjoyed drinking and dancing. The gatherings are said to have come together in Downing Street Gardens before the wee hours of the morning.
The next day, Elizabeth said goodbye to Prince Philip, 99. The image of the monarch sitting alone in church for his late husband’s memorial service is one of the brightest during Britain’s lockdown.
A Downing Street spokesman confirmed that Johnson’s former communications director James Slack had delivered his departure speech on the evening of April 16, but was asked if he had been drinking and dancing, the BBC reported on Friday. He declined to comment.
According to The Telegraph, citing unnamed reports, party workers reportedly went to a nearby supermarket to fill a suitcase with alcohol, played music on their laptops in the basement of Downing Street and broke down during the bash. The swing used by the prime minister’s young children. witness.
At the time, Britons were not allowed to socialize indoors, except with people in their home or so-called support bubbles. People can socialize outdoors, but with up to six people, or two families of any size.
PMs are under increasing pressure
Johnson, who won a landslide election victory in 2019, is facing worst crisis A series of scandals have sparked his premiership amid growing reports of rallies breaking the lockdown.
Prime Minister on Wednesday Admission In May 2020, he attended a “bring your own drink” party at his official residence and apologized.
British police said on Thursday they would not investigate the alleged incident in Downing Street unless an ongoing internal government investigation uncovered potential criminal evidence.
Opponents have called for Johnson to resign, casting the 57-year-old as a liar and demanding Britons obey some of the strictest rules in the country’s peacetime history when he and his staff party.
A small but growing number of those in his own Conservative Party have heeded the calls, fearing lasting damage to their electoral prospects.
Johnson offered various explanations to the parties, including previously denying any rule violations.
In recent days, he has admitted public outrage at the apparent hypocrisy of his administration.