Great Britain is rocked by a new party scandal. During the UK’s first closure, when the rules were very strict, over 100 people were invited to a garden party at the Prime Minister’s residence in London, according to British media.
At the same time as the party, which is said to have taken place on May 20th, 2020, people were only allowed to meet one person outside the household at a distance of two meters outside.
Between 30 and 40 people must have attended the party. Invitations were sent to consultants, speechwriters and other staff.
Several UK media outlets have had access to a leaked email from Martin Reynolds, one of Johnson’s close advisors.
In the email that was first published by ITV, People are invited to “take advantage of the great weather” and take part in drinks – with social distance – in the garden.
The invitation ends with “Bring your own booze”, which can be translated in good Norwegian to mean that you bring your own alcoholic beverages or alcohol.
The case comes along with it The guard recently mentioned a wine and pizza party on May 15, 2020 – five days before that garden party – as well as the Christmas party scandal which was rolled up in December.
Lost his father a few days ago
Hannah Brady, who lost her father to Covid-19, tells us Sky news that the father’s death certificate was signed on the same day that the garden party is said to have taken place.
– What more shameful example of “one rule for them, another rule for the rest of us” than this? Brady asks rhetorically. Her 55-year-old father died of the coronavirus four days before the party. Brady is the spokesman for an organization for survivors after Covid-19.
She also says she met Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the same garden where the party was held last September. There she looked Johnson in the eye and told of her father’s death.
– He told me that he did everything in his power to protect my father while knowing that he was celebrating in the same place on the same day my father’s death certificate was signed. I feel sick when I think about it, she says.
British media: Johnson attended
On the same day the party took place, 363 new corona deaths were reported. Among other things, it was also:
- Not allowed to mix multiple households outdoors
- People could only associate with their own household or with a person outdoors if they lived alone
- Most people were asked to stay home as often as possible, however
- Police tweeted that people need to be wary of the virus and reminded them of the strict rules
Only 11 days later, on June 1, 2020, the measures were relaxed somewhat. However, more than six people were still not allowed to meet outdoors.
According to Sky and ITV, Boris Johnson and his then-fiancée Carrie Johnson attended the party themselves. Two witnesses also testified BBC that the two were present. Johnson himself has not yet commented on the party.
Johnson’s former advisor Dominic Cummings is on duty Twitter said Johnson was present. After Cummings stepped down as Johnson’s advisor in November 2020, Cummings played a key role in bringing charges against Johnson and his government, including dealing with Corona. The fall of the garden party on May 20, 2020 also started last week with a blog post from Cummings.
Several employees are said to have accepted the invitation and expressed their concerns, according to the BBC.
Several parties are under investigation
In December, Secretary of State Simon Case opened an investigation into infection control rule violations at 10 Downing Street, often referred to as the prime minister’s residence, and other government departments and agencies.
Case himself had to withdraw from the investigation when it was revealed that his own department had allegedly arranged one of the parties. Sue Gray is now leading the investigation.
The investigation began when it became known in December had hosted Christmas parties on Downing Street in 2020.
Both the May 20th party concerned and another that allegedly took place on May 15th are now under investigation.
The opposition Labor Party said in a statement that Johnson has many questions to answer if investigations reveal that he has broken the rules.