revelations have been made about the festivities on Downing Street and in the heart of the government, even on the eve of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Here is a list of alleged parties, who in several cases were admitted.
– May 15, 2020: Downing Street Garden Party
Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie, former chief executive Dominic Cummings, and Johnson’s chief private secretary, Martin Reynolds, were pictured in a leaked photograph of The Guardian, sitting around a table in Garden No. 10 with wine and cheese in front of them. .
Another 15 people were also in the photo, but the prime minister insisted it was a working meeting, saying, “Those were meetings of people at work, talking about work.”
– May 20, 2020: party at the BYOB garden
The revelation came in an email, leaked to ITV, from Mr. Reynolds asked more than 100 Downing Street employees to “bring their own drink” for an evening meeting.
Several reports suggest that the prime minister attended the event with his wife.
– November 13, 2020: An outing party for the senior assistant
According to reports at the time, Johnson delivered an outgoing speech to Lee Cain, his outgoing communications director and close ally of Cummings.
– November 13, 2020: Johnsons Flat Party
There are allegations that the then-Prime Minister’s fiancée was organizing parties in his apartment, and one of these events took place on November 13, the night Mr Cummings left at number 10.
A Johnson spokesman described the statement as “total nonsense”.
– November 25, 2020: Treasury drinks
A Treasury spokesman told The Times that a number of officials entered the office to work on reviewing spending.
They said: “We noticed that a small number of such staff were drinking impromptu drinks around their table after the event.”
– November 27, 2020: a second staff that leaves to do
The Mirror reported that the Prime Minister gave a farewell speech to an aide in late November while the blockade in England was still in force.
Other reports said the march went to Cleo Watson, a senior aide at Downing Street and an ally of Cummings.
– December 10, 2020: Holiday of the Ministry of Education
The DfE confirmed that a social event had taken place after The Mirror reported that former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had a party and delivered a brief speech at an event held at his department’s Whitehall headquarters.
A spokesman acknowledged that “it would be better not to meet like that at that time.”
– December 11, 2020: Wine Fridge Delivered to Downing Street for Staff “Wine Fridays”
A refrigerator with capacity for 34 bottles of wine is delivered through the back door of number 10. According to sources quoted by The Mirror, the refrigerator became necessary for the “wine Fridays” of the staff held during the blockade, and the Prime Minister allegedly encouraged to the parties to help the assistants “vent.”
Regular social gatherings were particularly popular among staff between the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2020, when staff were “tired” of Covid’s harsh restrictions prohibiting socialization. Johnson was said to have attended a “handful” of these meetings.
– December 14, 2020: Party featuring Tory London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey and staff
Shaun Bailey apologized “unreservedly” for attending the meeting at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) organized by the staff of his campaign team.
“It was a serious misjudgment at a time when Londoners were making immense sacrifices to keep us safe and sorry wholeheartedly,” he wrote on Twitter.
He left his role as chairman of the London Assembly’s police and crime committee after The Mirror published a picture showing him at the meeting.
– December 15, 2020: Downing Street Questionnaire
The prime minister appeared on the screens of the contestants in the contest, but insisted that he had not violated any rules.
An image published by the Sunday Mirror showed the Prime Minister flanked by colleagues, one in a tinsel dress and another in a Santa hat, at number 10.
Downing Street admitted that Johnson attended the questionnaire “briefly” after the photographic evidence appeared, but insisted it was a virtual event.
– December 16, 2020: Party of the Ministry of Transport
The Mirror reported that senior officials were “drinking and dancing” at the event, allegedly planned by the staff of the office of Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps.
A DfT spokesman said: “Less than a dozen employees working in the office had a discreet and socially distant meeting in the large open-plan office after work on December 16, where food and drink were consumed. We recognize that this was inappropriate and we apologize for the error of judgment. “
– December 17, 2020: Cabinet Office “Christmas Party!”
Several media outlets reported that a meeting was held in the Cabinet Office on December 17th.
The Times reported that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case attended the party in Room 103 of the Cabinet Office, which had been organized by a private secretary of Mr. Case’s team and was included in digital calendars as “Christmas party!” .
The Cabinet Office confirmed there was a questionnaire, but a spokesman said, “The Cabinet Secretary did not attend the event, but went through the team’s office on the way to his own office.”
– December 17, 2020: Leaving drinks for the former head of the Covid working group
The former director general of the government’s Covid working group said she was “truly sorry” during a nightly meeting at the Cabinet Office for stopping drinks during coronavirus restrictions days before Christmas 2020.
Kate Josephs, who is the executive director of Sheffield City Council, said she met with colleagues who were in the office that day and added that she was collaborating with the investigation of senior official Sue Gray.
– December 18, 2020: Christmas party on Downing Street
The statement that started the allegations of non-compliance is that a party was held for Downing Street staff on December 18th.
Officials and councilors allegedly delivered speeches, enjoyed a cheese table, drank together and exchanged Secret Santa gifts, although the prime minister is thought not to have attended.
Johnson’s spokeswoman Allegra Stratton left after being filmed joking with other attendees at a mock press conference.
– April 16, 2021: Drinks and dancing the night before the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh
The Telegraph reported that advisers and officials met after work for two separate events on Friday night.
They were to mark the departure of James Slack, Boris Johnson’s former communications director, and one of the prime minister’s personal photographers.
Slack, who left his 10th post to become deputy editor-in-chief of The Sun newspaper, said he regretted the “anger and wound” caused by his abandonment, while Downing Street apologized to the queen.
The Telegraph quoted a No. 10 spokesman as saying Johnson was not on Downing Street that day and is said to have been at Checkers.
The newspaper reported that witnesses said they drank alcohol and that guests danced to the beat of the music, and added that about 30 people were said to have attended both events together.