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Boris Johnson ‘has no moral authority left’ as bombshell email invited 100 No10 staff to ‘BYOB’ during lockdown

11th Jan 22 10:34 am

An email has emerged which shows that more than 100 Downing Street staff were invited to “bring your own booze” for a drinks party in Boris Johnson’s garden at No.10 during the first lockdown.

Witnesses have said that around 40 staff attended to the booze up on 20 May 2020 which included Johnson and his wife Carrie.

There were long tables full of drinks, sausage rolls and other picnic food outside, whilst millions were banned from attending outdoor gatherings in England which saw many being fined by the police.

On Monday Johnson repeatedly refused to deny that he had attended the “BYOB” which is being investigated by Sue Gray the standards chief.

Johnson’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds wrote in the email marked ‘official sensitive, No10 only,’ “Hi all, after what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.

“Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

ITV News obtained the screenshot of the email invitation to the booze up and said that it was sent to more than 100 No.10 staff which included door staff, speechwriters and Johnson’s advisors.


On the 20 May 2020, less than an hour prior to the drinks party, Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden told Brits to stick to meeting in pairs outdoors despite the sunny weather at a Downing Street press conference.

Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said, “Boris Johnson has consistently shown that he has no regard for the rules he puts in place for the rest of us.

“He is trying to get officials to take the fall for his own mistakes, but he sets the tone for the way Downing Street and the rest of government operates.

“At the time this party took place, key workers on the frontline were working round the clock to keep us all safe, people suffered loneliness and loss in unimaginably tough circumstances and for the majority of the country our freedom was limited to a daily walk.

“Labour has welcomed Sue Gray’s inquiry, but we need confirmation that this latest revelation, and any other parties not yet revealed by press investigations, will be covered by her probe.”

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP said, “Boris Johnson must come clean and admit whether he attended, or was aware of, this covid rule-breaking party in his own back garden.

“People will find it utterly outrageous that while the rest of us were banned from public gatherings, the most powerful people in the Tory government were boozing up at No 10 Downing Street – proving yet again, that it’s one rule for them and another for the rest of us.

“Boris Johnson’s Tory government is the most corrupt in decades. If the Prime Minister had a shred of integrity or an ounce of shame, he would have resigned many months ago. He has no moral authority left, and as he won’t go – his Tory MPs have a duty to remove him from power.”

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