Police in London said they were in contact with the government following an alleged breach of health protection laws.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under fresh scrutiny after reports that more than 100 of his staff were invited to a garden party at his official residence at the height of the 2020 lockdown.
The news marks the latest in a series of rallies held by government officials over the past two years that allegedly violated their own pandemic rules.
Johnson is said to have attended an event on May 20 last year, which was first reported by BBC ITV late on Monday.
Johnson’s chief private secretary, Martin Reynolds, emailed Downing Street staff invitations to the party, ITV reported.
In a leak seen by ITV, Reynolds said: “After an incredibly busy period, it will be a delight to make the most of the nice weather and have some socially distanced drinks in Garden 10 tonight. Good thing.” “Please join us from 6pm and bring your own drink!”
London’s Metropolitan Police said on Monday it was contacting the Cabinet Office following “extensive reports” of health protection laws breaches in Downing Street.
About 40 people attended the party, including Johnson’s wife Carrie, ITV reported.
At the time, schools were closed to most students, bars and restaurants were closed, and social activities were tightly controlled. Two people from different households are allowed to meet outdoors, but only if they maintain a distance of 2 meters (6.5 feet).
‘Invitation to do what you love’
All major British newspapers – except the popular tabloid The Sun – carried the story on their front pages on Tuesday.
‘Invitation to do what you love’ was the headline in the Mirror, while the Daily Mail’s headline was ‘Boris shaken by new party revelation’.
The media frenzy will stack pressure Regarding Johnson, his prime ministership has been tarnished by several recent controversies over his own role in the party.
The main opposition Labour Party accused him of “ignoring the rules he sets for the rest of us”, while the SNP called the emails sent by Reynolds “totally outrageous”.
Johnson’s office declined to comment on the ITV report.
Public servant Sue Gray is investigating allegations that at least five parties were held at government offices during the lockdown restrictions last year.
The allegations have frustrated voters, who have been told by the government to carefully observe social distancing measures.
Johnson’s Conservatives lost their lead over Labour in the polls and suffered losses last month Election defeat in a historical fortress.
At the same time, the official UK death toll from the outbreak continue to rise As the number of infections surged, it soared to more than 150,000 on Saturday, making it Europe’s second-highest number of cases after Russia.