Boris Johnson’s Downing Road workers hosted two events on the night time earlier than Prince Philip’s socially distanced funeral, the Telegraph reported, the newest in an inventory of a minimum of a dozen lockdown-busting bashes that the British prime minister and his workers are accused of getting attended.
On April 17, 2021, the Queen attended her husband’s funeral alone whereas mourners had been advised to not depart flowers to keep away from COVID-19 infections. But on the night time earlier than, the environment in Downing Road was a lot much less somber.
Witnesses advised the Telegraph there have been initially two separate farewell events: one within the Downing Road basement, which included dancing to music performed by a particular adviser, and one within the backyard, the place the departing director of communications James Slack — now a senior editor on the Solar newspaper — gave a farewell speech.
Slack apologized Friday morning for the “anger and harm” the social gathering had triggered. He stated he took “full accountability” and was “deeply sorry.”
In an emailed assertion issued by the Solar’s writer, Information UK, he added: “This occasion mustn’t have occurred on the time that it did.”
One staffer reportedly wheeled in a suitcase crammed with booze that night time. Later each teams conjoined within the backyard, the place the social gathering of round 30 folks went on nicely past midnight. An attendee broke the swing of Boris Johnson’s one-year-old son Wilf, the Telegraph reported.
A spokesperson for Johnson stated he was not current on the events and had left for his nation residence Chequers the night time earlier than.
“The Queen sat alone in mourning like so many did on the time with private trauma & sacrifice to maintain to the principles within the nationwide curiosity. I’ve no phrases for the tradition & behaviours at quantity 10 and the buck stops with the PM,” Deputy Labour chief Angela Rayner stated on Twitter.
Liberal Democrat chief Ed Davey renewed requires Johnson’s resignation. “The Queen sitting alone, mourning the lack of her husband, was the defining picture of lockdown. Not as a result of she is the Queen, however as a result of she was simply one other individual, mourning alone like too many others. While she mourned, Quantity 10 partied. Johnson should go,” he wrote on Twitter.
Allegations of lockdown-breaching events are being investigated internally by Sue Grey, a civil servant.
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