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Boris STILL refuses to admit lockdown laws were broken in Downing St

Boris STILL refuses to admit lockdown laws were broken in Downing St

Gatherings surveyed

– May 20, 2020: BYOB garden party

The revelation came in an email, leaked to ITV, from senior civil servant Martin Reynolds to more than 100 Downing Street workers inviting them to ‘bring your own booze’ for a night out.

The Prime Minister has admitted to attending the rally, but has previously insisted he believes it was a work event which could “technically” have played by the rules.

– June 18, 2020: Cabinet Office meeting

Ms Gray’s report revealed that a gathering at the Cabinet Office on this date is being investigated by police. It has not been reported before.

The event apparently took place to mark the departure of a private secretary from Number 10.

– June 19, 2020: PM birthday

A Downing Street spokesman admitted that staff ‘gathered briefly’ in the Cabinet Room after a meeting. A report by ITV News suggested that up to 30 people attended and the Prime Minister received a cake.

The broadcaster suggested the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, arranged the surprise encounter. Reports say Lulu Lytle, the interior designer behind the lavish renovations to Mr and Mrs Johnson’s No 10 flat, briefly witnessed work in Downing Street.

ITV News also reported that later that evening family and friends were welcomed upstairs to further celebrate the Prime Minister’s 56th birthday at his official residence.

Number 10 previously said: ‘This is totally untrue. In accordance with the rules at the time, the Prime Minister welcomed a small number of his family members outside that evening.

The police investigation relates specifically to the gathering in the Cabinet Room.

– November 13, 2020: Departure party for senior helper

According to reports at the time, Mr Johnson gave a parting speech for Lee Cain, his outgoing communications director and a close ally of Mr Cummings.

– November 13, 2020: Johnsons flat party

There are allegations that the then-Prime Minister’s fiancée hosted parties at their flat, one such event took place on November 13 – the night Dominic Cummings left Number 10.

It was described as the “Winner Takes It All” party because Abba was allegedly played and Carrie had a long-running feud with Mr. Cummings.

A spokesperson for Ms Johnson previously called the claim ‘utter nonsense’.

– December 17, 2020: Cabinet Office ‘Christmas Party’

A number of media reported that a rally took place at the Cabinet Office on December 17.

The Times reported that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case attended the party in room 103 of the Cabinet Office, that it was hosted by a private secretary from Mr Case’s team and was on the calendars under the name: “Christmas Party!”

The Cabinet Office confirmed a quiz had taken place, but a spokesperson said: ‘The Cabinet Secretary had no role in the event but walked through the team office on his way to his own office.”

– December 17, 2020: Leave drinks for the former head of the Covid Taskforce

The former chief executive of the government’s Covid task force said she was ‘truly sorry’ during an evening meeting at the Cabinet Office for leaving drinks during coronavirus restrictions a few days before Christmas in 2020.

Kate Josephs, who is now chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said she had met with colleagues who were in the office that day and added that she was cooperating with Ms Gray’s investigation.

– December 17, 2020: Number 10 part do

Sue Gray’s update says police are also investigating a rally in Downing Street held to mark the departure of a Number 10 official on December 17.

– December 18, 2020: Christmas party in Downing Street

The claim that launched the rule-breaking allegations is that a party was thrown for Downing Street staff on December 18.

Civil servants and advisers reportedly gave speeches, enjoyed a cheese platter, drank together and exchanged gifts from Secret Santa, although the Prime Minister is believed not to have attended.

Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman Allegra Stratton quit after she was filmed joking about it with other aides at a mock press conference – although it’s unclear whether she attended it.

– January 14, 2021: Departure from number 10 for two staff members

A previously unreported gathering is being investigated by police. Sue Gray’s update revealed an event in Downing Street for the departure of two private secretaries from Number 10 is being investigated by police.

– April 16, 2021: Aperitif and dancing the day before the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Telegraph reported that councilors and officials met after work for two separate events on Friday evening.

They were to mark the departure of James Slack, Mr Johnson’s former communications director and one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers.

Mr Slack, who left his role as Number 10 to become deputy editor of The Sun newspaper, said he was sorry for the “anger and hurt” caused by his departure, while Downing Street stood apologized to the queen.

The Telegraph quoted a Number 10 spokesperson as saying that Mr Johnson was not in Downing Street that day and would have been at Checkers.

The newspaper reported testimony from witnesses who said the booze was drunk and the guests danced to music, adding that it was said around 30 people attended the two events combined.

The three events are not under investigation

– 15 May 2020: ‘cheese and wine’ evening in Downing Street

The Prime Minister, his wife Carrie, former chief adviser Dominic Cummings and Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds were all pictured, in a photo leaked to the Guardian, sitting around a table in the garden number 10, with wine and cheese in front of them.

About 15 other people were also pictured, but the Prime Minister insisted it was a business meeting, saying: “They were meetings of people at work, talking about work.”

– November 27, 2020: Departure of the second staff do

The Mirror reported that the Prime Minister gave a farewell speech to an aide in late November while the lockdown in England was still in place.

Other reports said the departure was for Cleo Watson, a senior Downing Street aide and ally of Mr Cummings.

– December 10, 2020: Ministry of Education Day

The DfE has confirmed a social event has taken place after The Mirror reported that former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson threw a party and gave a short speech at an event at the headquarters of his department in Whitehall.

A spokesperson admitted that “it would have been better not to gather in this way at this precise moment”.

Is the unlucky 13th under investigation?

– December 15, 2020: Downing Street Quiz

The Prime Minister appeared on the screens of quiz contestants but insisted he had broken no rules.

An image published by the Sunday Mirror showed Mr Johnson flanked by two colleagues, one draped in tinsel and the other wearing a Santa hat, in Number 10.

Downing Street admitted Mr Johnson attended the quiz ‘briefly’ after the photographic evidence emerged, but insisted it was a virtual event.

Police were not initially investigating the event, but later said they would “assess” it after another photo of the Prime Minister emerged.

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