Police in touch with officials regarding claims of number 10 lockdown drink


Aides to the Prime Minister have been in touch with the Cabinet Office over claims of “bring your own wine” organizing a Downing Street drink party during the first lockdown.

Following a political call from officials to investigate the allegations relating to May 2020, the Metropolitan Police confirmed it is liaising with the Whitehall Department on the latest claims.

As ITV reports, the prime minister’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, sent an email to more than 100 Downing Street employees asking them to “bring your own wine” for an evening gathering.

Mr Reynolds said he should “make the most of the beautiful weather”, despite England’s strict coronavirus restrictions banning social gathering when messages are sent to groups.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of the extensive reporting relating to alleged breaches of health safety regulations on Downing Street on 20 May 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.”

Several reports have suggested that the prime minister attended the event with his wife, Carrie Johnson.

The Conservative Party leader on Monday brushed aside questions about whether he had attended the evening gathering, which was reportedly organized by Mr Reynolds.

If the police do not investigate these allegations thoroughly, it will be absolutely double standards.

The Liberal Democrats said that if the rules were found to be broken “responsible people should face the full force of the law.”

The party’s home affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael said: “This garden party looks like a clear violation of lockdown rules at a time when the public was being ordered to stay at home.

“Boris Johnson himself said a few days after this party that the police should take steps to stop people from outside gatherings.