“Bring your own bottle”: Scotland Yard investigates Boris Johnson’s party at government headquarters amid lockdown

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, at the door of 10 Downing street (EFE / EPA / FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA / POOL) (FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA / POOL /)

Scotland Yard studies open an investigation into the alleged party with alcoholic beverages organized in the garden of the Government headquarters in Downing Street in May 2020, in full confinement by COVID-19.

The revelation yesterday of a new celebration in which the prime minister would have participated, summoned when the entire country was subject to harsh social restrictions due to the pandemic, has once again put Boris Johnson on the ropes.

Scotland Yard has confirmed that it has already contacted the Executive and is currently assessing whether to initiate an investigation into what happened.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of extensive information related to alleged violations of the Health Protection Regulations that occurred in Downing Street on 20 May 2020, and is in contact with the Cabinet Office,” said a Scotland spokesman Yard.

A local marquee expresses anger at Boris Johnson's party:
The marquee of a local expresses anger at Boris Johnson’s party: “When the bar was on its knees, No. 10 was for drinks,” in reference to 10 Downing Street, the seat of the British government (REUTERS / Phil Noble ) (PHIL NOBLE /)

In addition, the internal investigation already led by a senior British official, Sue Gray, into the holding of alleged parties in Downing Street could also examine new evidence pointing to a social gathering to which more than a hundred employees of the company were invited. Government in an email sent by Johnson’s own secretary, Martin Reynolds.

The number two of the Labor Party, Angela Rayner, has demanded that the prime minister appear before the parliament to answer the questions of the deputies, after having denied on numerous occasions having participated in social events during the confinement.

For his part, the also Labor MP Neil Coyle told local media that “the Met (Scotland Yard) cannot continue to ignore the Downing Street transgressions any longer. While the rest of us were adapting to the restrictions due to the pandemic, there was a violation of the rules at the top of the Government and it must be investigated ”.

So far, the prime minister’s office has not denied that he was present.

The British media assure that there were drinks and meals for everyone at the meeting (Daniel Leal-Olivas / Pool via REUTERS)
The British media assure that there were drinks and meals for everyone at the meeting (Daniel Leal-Olivas / Pool via REUTERS) (POOL /)

The aforementioned email in which Johnson’s secretary encouraged recipients to join the meeting in the Downing Street garden was obtained exclusively by the ITV channel, which reveals that Some 40 people participated in the meeting, in which picnic snacks were eaten and alcohol was consumed.

At that time, the confinement rules allowed only one person to be reunited in the open air and within a distance of two meters.

This new revelation is in addition to allegations about parties held in December 2020 between Downing Street employees, which led to the opening of an internal investigation.

According to the private channel ITV News, Johnson’s private secretary, Martin Reynolds, sent an email to a hundred people in May 2020, inviting them “after an incredibly busy period” to “enjoy the good weather” over a drink with “Social distance” in Downing Street Gardens.

The email said the time and what they should bring to the meeting Christin Klose / dpa
The email said the time and what they should bring to the meeting Christin Klose / dpa (Christin Klose /)

“Join us from 6:00 pm and bring your own drinks,” the message read. When, before this publication, he was asked about his presence at these events, Johnson limited himself to smiling with discomfort and referring to an investigation that senior official Sue Gray is carrying out on the numerous complaints of acts contrary to sanitary rules in Downing Street during the pandemic.

“I can understand that people are upset and angry at these accusations.”Secretary of State for Health Ed Argar told Sky News on Tuesday. “That is why it is correct that the Prime Minister has called for this independent investigation to be completed quickly, to determine the facts behind these accusations.”added.

(with information from EFE)


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