Downing Street employees were invited to a “socially distant drink” party in garden number 10 at the height of the statewide lockdown, claims ITV News
It has received an email stating that more than 100 No.
The email, apparently sent by the Prime Minister’s Chief Private Secretary Martin Reynolds, suggested “making the most of the fine weather” – although the rest of the country was prohibited from meeting more than one person outdoors at the time.
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The email marked “Officially Confidential, No. 10 Only” reads: “Hello everyone,
“After an incredibly busy time, it would be nice to enjoy the beautiful weather tonight in the No10 garden for a few socially distant drinks.
“Please come to us from 6 p.m. and bring your own schnapps!”
ITV News reports that about 40 employees gathered in the garden that evening to have picnic food and drink. According to the ITV, the guests included the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie Johnson.
The May 20 party was first mentioned on a blog by former Prime Minister’s Advisor Dominic Cummings on Friday.
The email follows allegations of a separate staff meeting in the garden on the 15th. The policy at the time was that households should not mix unless there were only two people outdoors and the social distance was at least six feet. But the photo shows groups of Downing Street staff gathered around a table, as well as the Prime Minister with his wife and others.
Just an hour before the start of the drink party on May 20th, then Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden had reminded the rest of England at the daily press conference that the two of them were only allowed to meet outdoors.
On May 25, 2020, he said, “You can meet someone outside of your household in a public place outdoors if you stay two meters apart.”
Guidelines allowing the “rule of six” outdoors were not introduced until June 2020 and large gatherings remained banned.
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Angela Rayner, Vice-Chairwoman of the Labor Party, said: “Boris Johnson has shown time and again that he does not respect the rules he makes for the rest of us.
“He tries to get officials to fall for his own mistakes, but he sets the tone for the way Downing Street and the rest of the government work.
“At the time this party was taking place, key frontline workers were working around the clock to protect us all, people were suffering from loneliness and loss in unimaginably difficult circumstances, and for most of the country our freedom was limited to a day Walk.
“Labor has welcomed Sue Gray’s investigation, but we need confirmation that this latest revelation and any other parties that have not yet emerged through press inquiries will be covered by its investigation.”
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