A former senior adviser to Britain’s Boris Johnson mentioned on Monday he was keen to “swear under oath” that the prime minister knew a celebration was being held at his residence throughout a COVID-19 lockdown, accusing him of mendacity to parliament.
British media have reported that at the least 11 gatherings befell at 10 Downing Street – the prime minister’s official residence and workplace – or in different authorities departments between May 2020 and April 2021, when COVID-19 guidelines restricted how many individuals may meet socially. An inner inquiry is being carried out to ascertain the information.
PM Johnson final week apologised to parliament for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering within the backyard of Downing Street on May 20, 2020, however mentioned he had thought it was a piece occasion.
Dominic Cummings, an architect of Britain’s departure from the European Union and a former senior adviser to PM Johnson who left authorities underneath acrimonious phrases in November 2020, mentioned on Twitter that the prime minister had agreed that the drinks social gathering ought to go forward.
“Not only me but other eyewitnesses who discussed this at the time would swear under oath this is what happened,” he mentioned on his weblog.
Last week ITV News revealed an e-mail invitation from Johnson’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds to a May 20, 2020 occasion, asking attendees to “bring your own booze”.
Cummings mentioned that after Reynolds was instructed to cancel the invite by at the least two folks Reynolds checked with PM Johnson if it ought to go forward.
“The PM agreed it should,” Cummings mentioned in his weblog.
PM Johnson’s spokesman denied earlier on Monday that the prime minister had been made conscious of the May 20 occasion.
“It’s untrue to say that the prime minister was told or warned ahead of that,” the spokesman mentioned.
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