Police are now investigating reports that No. 10 was hosting another lockdown party in May 2020 after an email containing more than 100 Downing Street employees was leaked.
The email sent by Chief Private Secretary Martin Reynolds was seen by ITV news. It read: “Hello everyone, after an incredibly busy time, we thought it would be nice to take advantage of the nice weather and have a few socially distant drinks in garden number 10 tonight.”
“Please come to us from 6 p.m. and bring your own schnapps!”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie and 30 to 40 others reportedly attended.
It comes just weeks after it was learned that numerous gatherings were held on Downing Street during times when the nation was closed.
At the same time as the newly unveiled garden party, Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden told the public at a press conference:
“You can meet someone outside of your household in a public place outdoors if you stay two meters apart.”
Who is Martin Reynolds?
Reynolds is located in the heart of Downing Street. As Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, he serves as Head of the Prime Minister’s Office and in the Public Service the role is currently considered Director General.
Reynolds attended a public school at Oxford and then studied law at the University of Cambridge.
He worked as a lawyer in London before entering government and becoming a diplomat.
From 2011 to 2014 Reynolds was Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
After leaving office, Reynolds secured a role as Principal Private Secretary of then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson until the future Prime Minister’s resignation in 2018.
In July 2019, when Johnson became Prime Minister, Peter Hill stepped down as Principal Private Secretary and saw Reynolds leave his post as British Ambassador to Libya to work on No. 10.
Prior to his leaked email, there was an expectation that Reynolds would secure a high-level diplomatic or ambassadorial role after the investigation into the Downing Street lockdown gatherings intensified.