Boris Johnson's former director of communication says 'sorry' for party day before Prince Philip's funeral

Boris Johnson’s former communications director James Slack has apologized for the “anger and pain” caused by a party to mark his departure from Downing Street in April 2021.

The Daily Telegraph reported that a farewell to Mr Slack was held on April 16, 2021.

It was one of two farewell parties at Downing Street hours before the Queen was said to be sitting alone at Philip’s funeral.

Mr Slack, who was appointed deputy editor of The Sun newspaper last year, said: “I would like to apologize unreservedly for the anger and pain caused. This event should not have happened at the time it happened. I am very sorry and I take full responsibility.”

But he said he could not comment further as the matter had been escalated to senior official Sue Gray as part of her investigation.

Hours before the Queen followed strict coronavirus rules and sat alone at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in honor of the Duke of Edinburgh, officials at No 10 were said to be drinking late into the night when they said goodbye to Mr Slack and one of the Photographers of the Prime Minister said goodbye.

His staff are said to have held two separate events at the Downing Street complex – despite Government advice at the time: “You must not meet indoors except with your household or support bubble.

“They can meet outdoors, including in gardens, in groups of six or two households.”

Advisors and officials reportedly held farewell ceremonies on April 16 to mark the departure of the snapper and Mr. Slack.

Upon exiting the photographer, a laptop was allegedly placed on a copier and music was playing, reports reported The mirror.

A spokeswoman for No10 said of Mr Slack’s departure: “On that person’s last day, he gave a farewell speech to thank every team for the work they had done in supporting him, both those who came to work in the office and needed to be on one screen for those working from home.”

The Telegraph quoted a spokesman for No 10 as saying Mr Johnson was not at Downing Street that day. He is said to have been with Checkers.


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