UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused on Monday night of an “utterly outrageous” breach of lockdown rules as a leaked email showed one of his aides inviting more than 100 Downing Street staff to a “bring your own booze” party at the time of strict COVID-19 lockdown in England.
“After what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening,” Johnson’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds said in an email.
“Please join us from 6 pm and bring your own booze!” Reynolds added.
According to media reports, about 30 to 40 people had attended the gathering, with food and wine set out on tables.
The latest revelations have led to new calls for Johnson for questioning as part of the internal inquiry into a series of alleged parties in Downing Street.
“All that, as you know, is the subject of a proper investigation by Sue Gray,” Johnson said when asked if he attended the party.
Susan Gray, the Second Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office, was charged with investigating rule-breaking on various occasions.
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