There have been ore revelations about the parties held in the center of Downing Street and government on the eve of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Here is a list of alleged parties, who have been admitted in several cases.
– 15 May 2020: Downing Street Garden Party
Boris Johnson, his wife Carey’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings and Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds are pictured sitting with wine and cheese around a table in the Garden of Number 10, in a photo leaked to The Guardian went.
Some 15 other people were also in the picture, but the prime minister insisted it was a work meeting, adding: “They were meetings of people at work, talking about work.”
– 20 May 2020: BYOB Garden Party
The revelation came in an email that was leaked to ITV from Mr Reynolds, with more than 100 Downing Street employees asking him to “bring your own wine” for the evening gathering.
Several reports have suggested that the Prime Minister attended the event along with his wife.
– 13 November 2020: A party dropout for senior colleagues
According to reports at the time, Mr Johnson made a speech for Lee Cann, his late communications director and close aide of Mr Cummings.
– 13 November 2020: Johnson’s Flat Party
There are allegations that the prime minister’s then fiancée hosted parties at his flat, a similar event taking place on 13 November, the night Mr Cummings left Number 10.
A spokesman for Mrs Johnson called the claim “total nonsense”.
– 25 November 2020: Treasury Drinks
A Treasury spokesman told The Times that several employees had come to the office to work on a review of the spending.
He added: “We have been made aware that a small number of those employees had drank alcohol around their desks after the incident.”
– 27 November 2020: Another employee who is leaving
The Mirror reported that the prime minister made an aides farewell speech in late November while the lockdown in England was still in place.
Other reports said the job was to leave for Cleo Watson, a senior Downing Street aide and aide of Mr Cummings.
– 10 December 2020: Department for Education Party
DFE confirmed there had been a social incident when The Mirror threw a party by former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and gave a short speech at an event held at his department’s Whitehall headquarters.
A spokesperson acknowledged that “it would have been better not to gather like this at that particular time”.
– 11 December 2020: Wine fridge delivered to Downing Street for employees’ ‘Wine-time Friday’
A fridge with a capacity of 34 liquor bottles is provided through the back door of No. 10.
According to sources cited by The Mirror, the fridge became necessary for employees’ “wine-time Fridays” that have been held up through the lockdown, with the prime minister reportedly helping the parties “let off steam” to colleagues. encouraged to do.
Regular social gatherings were reported to be particularly popular among employees between autumn 2020 and spring 2020, when employees were “tired” with stricter COVID restrictions that banned socializing.
Mr Johnson is said to have attended “a handful” of these gatherings.
– 14 December 2020: Tory London mayoral candidate Sean Bailey and the staff party
Sean Bailey made an “unreserved” apology for attending the gathering at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) organized by his campaign team staff.
“This was a grave error of judgment at a time when the people of London are making enormous sacrifices to keep us all safe and I deeply regret it,” he tweeted.
He left his role as chair of the Police and Crime Committee of the London Assembly after The Mirror published a photograph showing him at the gathering.
– 15 December 2020: Downing Street Quiz
The Prime Minister appeared on the contestants’ screens in the quiz but insisted that he had not broken any rules.
A photo published by the Sunday Mirror showed the Prime Minister surrounded by colleagues at No. 10, one wrapped in tinsel and the other wearing a Santa hat.
Downing Street acknowledged Mr Johnson “briefly” took part in the quiz after photographic evidence emerged, but insisted it was a virtual event.
– 16 December 2020: Department for Transport Party
The Mirror reported that senior civil servants were “drinking and dancing” at the event, reportedly planned by employees of Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps’ office.
A DFT spokesperson said: “After work on 16 December, less than a dozen employees working in the office had a low-key, socially-distancing gathering in the large open-plan office, where food and drink was consumed.
“We believe this was unfair and apologize for the error of judgment.”
– December 17 2020: Cabinet Office “Christmas Party!”
Several outlets reported that a meeting took place at the Cabinet Office on 17 December.
The Times reported that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case attended the party in Room 103 of the Cabinet Office, that it was hosted by a private secretary on Mr. Case’s team, and that it was displayed in the digital calendar as “Christmas Party!” as was included.
The Cabinet Office confirmed there was a quiz, but a spokesman said: “The Cabinet Secretary played no part in the event, but walked from the team’s office on the way to his office.”
– December 17th 2020: Dropping drinks for former COVID taskforce chief
The former director general of the government’s COVID taskforce said he was “really sorry” at an evening gathering at the Cabinet Office for skipping a drink during coronavirus restrictions a few days before Christmas in 2020.
Kate Joseph, who is the chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said she gathered with colleagues who were in office that day and said she was cooperating with the investigation by senior civil servant Sue Grey.
– 18 December 2020: Christmas party in Downing Street
Fueling the allegation of breaking the rules is the claim that Downing Street employees organized a party on 18 December.
Officials and advisers reportedly gave speeches, enjoyed a cheese board, drank together and exchanged Secret Santa gifts, although the prime minister is not believed to have attended.
Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman Allegra Stratton has resigned after a mock press conference was filmed making fun of it with fellow colleagues.
– 16 April 2021: Drunkenness the night before the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh
The Telegraph reported that advisors and civil servants gathered on Friday night after working for two separate events.
They were supposed to mark the departure of James Slack, Boris Johnson’s former communications director and one of the PM’s personal photographers.
Mr Slack, who left his No 10 role to become deputy editor-in-chief of The Sun newspaper, said he was sorry for the “anger and hurt” caused by his departure, while Downing Street apologized to the Queen.
The Telegraph quoted a No 10 spokesman as saying Mr Johnson was not in Downing Street that day and is said to have been at Checkers.
The newspaper reported accounts of witnesses who said that the wine was drunk and that the guests danced to music, adding that about 30 people had jointly attended both events.