According to British media “the Telegraph”, advisers and civil servants who worked in the British Prime Minister’s office would have met to celebrate two of their colleagues leaving.
Boris Johnson government suffers a new blow. Already targeted by calls for resignation even within his majority for his presence at a party in Downing Street in full confinement in 2020, the British Prime Minister risks being further weakened by revelations from the “Telegraph” Thursday January 13, who claims that staff working in his office threw two separate parties amid lockdown and on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.
Councilors and civil servants met to celebrate the departures of James Slack, director of communications, and Boris Johnson’s personal photographer.
According to “The Telegraph”, the Downing Street gatherings occurred on the eve the funeral of Elizabeth II. The country was also in a period national mourning. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the images of the queen alone in front row of the church symbolized the harshness of confinement in the United Kingdom.
According to witnesses, there were around 30 people present. The media reported that Boris Johnson was not at these rallies. However the accusations raise concerns about Downing Street’s non-compliance regarding health regulations.
Boris Johnson was already embroiled in a number of scandals and apologised to Parliament for attending a party at his official residence on May 20, 2020. He said he had mistakenly thought it was an office meeting.
His secretary sent an invitation to 100 people, asking them to bring their bottles. The event took place at a difficult time for Britons. Only two people were permitted to meet outside, and many Britons were unable say goodbye to their grieving loved ones during the first Covid-19 wave.
Sue Gray, a senior civil servant is conducting an internal investigation into the parties. The conclusions will be crucial for Boris Johnson’s fate, which has been criticized by his camp. Some elected officials openly stated they would vote no confidence in the Conservative Party to push it out.