It has now been alleged that Boris Johnson had a birthday party during the first lockdown with up to 30 people including interior designer Lulu Lytle.
It has been alleged that Carrie Johnson and Lytle presented Boris with a birthday cake and staff sang happy birthday.
A spokesman for Lulu Lytle said, “Lulu was present in Downing Street on 19 June working on the refurbishment.
“Lulu was not invited to any birthday celebrations for the Prime Minister as a guest. Lulu entered the cabinet room briefly as requested, while waiting to speak with the Prime Minister.”
Days earlier Johnson asked the public “to continue to show restraint and respect the rules which are designed to keep us all safe.”
In response to the allegations Number 10 said: “A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes.”
Covid regulation expert and QC Adam Wagner argued the birthday party clearly violated the rules which were in place at the time.
On Twitter, Wagner said, “The No. 10 statement is very important – (1) it is the first time No. 10 has admitted *any* party took place, (2) it is the first time they have admitted the PM was at an (to me) obviously illegal gathering with no real prospect of a reasonable excuse. Ties the Met’s hands too.
“For anyone saying that this was a work gathering – it has to have been reasonably necessary for work for that to apply.
“I don’t think even No. 10 are suggesting this was a work meeting. It appears to have been a pre-arranged indoor social gathering.
“It’s an indoor social gathering — it lasted 30 mins and the PM apparently stayed for 10. Pre-arranged in a particular room and food was bought.
“It’s obviously not within the rules and nobody from the govt at the time would have said for a moment it was.”