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The Prime Minister’s account of the Downing Street party would be ‘laughed out of court’ and holds no ‘legal basis’

13th Jan 22 8:16 am

Today the Prime Minister told the House of Commons of his account of the Downing Street party, a defence lawyer said this would be “laughed out of court.”

Raj Chada said he could not see how Johnson’s defence of his actions had “any legal basis,” whilst a human rights barrister dismissed Johnson’s comments as “proper nonsense.”

Battling to save his premiership on Wednesday, Johnson apologised for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in the garden of Number 10 during England’s first lockdown.

Chada, the head of the criminal defence department at Hodge Jones and Allen, told the PA news agency, “If any client had tried to use this, it would have been laughed out of court.

“The cross examination would have been brutal: do civil servants/politicians normally ‘bring a bottle’ to work events?

“I cannot see that his defence has any legal basis as you were meant to be working from home if you could.”

Human rights barrister Adam Wagner said Johnson’s apology was “obviously lawyered” which was “very much about his personal liability.”

Wagner said in a series of posts on Twitter, “The Johnson apology was carefully worded and obviously lawyered.

“He said that he attended because he ‘believed implicitly that this was a work event,’ that ‘with hindsight; he should have sent everyone back inside, and ‘technically’ it could be said to fall within the guidance.

Wagner said that he doubts if Johnson’s apology and him not realising that it was a work event will “hold weight” as the government’s guidance in place at the time was quite clear, it discouraged workplace gatherings.

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