Minister: I understand anger over No. 10 'Bring Your Own Booze party' claim

A government minister said he understood the anger and resentment caused by allegations that Boris Johnson’s adviser organized a drink party on Downing Street during the first lockdown in 2020.

Health Secretary Ed Argar told Sky News on Tuesday morning (January 11th): “I can understand that people will be upset and angry at these allegations, which is why it is right that the Prime Minister has asked for this independent investigation to be swiftly completed will. to get to the facts behind these allegations. “

He said he would not “pre-judge” an investigation by Cabinet officials Sue Gray.

“What actually happened or not on Downing Street is Ms. Gray’s business,” he said.

“She will draw her conclusions after interviewing the relevant people, looking at the evidence and … then determining a) what happened or not and then b) whether everything that happened was in line with the rules. ”

When asked if he would have accepted an invitation to an alleged drinks party on Downing Street during the initial lockdown, Health Secretary Ed Argar said he was “glued to my zoom screen” last May.

He told Sky News, “I’ve spent my last May speaking to you and various other media outlets on a number of occasions, but I’ve got pretty stuck on my zoom screen and made sure I know the regulations – not least of all, because I had a health minister who helped draft it. “

When asked whether he would have accepted such an invitation in the face of this, he said: “I was not invited to any party and I will not accept any hypotheses.

“I understood what the rules were at the time, and it is right that Sue Gray investigate this matter independently.”

Martin Reynolds, the prime minister’s chief private secretary, emailed more than 100 staff on Downing Street asking them to “bring your own alcohol” for an evening event, ITV reported.

Mr Reynolds said they should “make the most of the fine weather” despite England has strict coronavirus restrictions that prohibit groups from socializing outdoors while sending the message.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of widespread reports of alleged health and safety violations on Downing Street on May 20, 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.”

According to several reports, the Prime Minister attended the event with his wife, Carrie Johnson.

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