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Boris Johnson held birthday party in No 10 during lockdown

Boris Johnson reportedly held a birthday party in Downing Street during the first Covid lockdown, despite social gatherings indoors being barred under the Government's restrictions.

Article originally published by The Telegraph. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

The surprise bash, attended by up to 30 people, was allegedly organised by his wife who presented the Prime Minister with a cake.

Boris Johnson reportedly held a birthday party in Downing Street during the first Covid lockdown, despite social gatherings indoors being barred under the Government's restrictions.

ITV news reported that the Prime Minister attended a surprise get-together at 2pm on June 19, 2020, at which he was presented with a birthday cake.

The event was allegedly organised by his wife Carrie Johnson, with up to 30 people attending in the Cabinet Room.

It lasted between 20 to 30 minutes and was attended by Lulu Lytle, the woman redecorating Mr Johnson's Downing Street flat, according to ITV News.

No 10 did not deny the event took place, but noted that the Prime Minister attended for only 10 minutes.

'He was there for less than 10 minutes'

"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 10 minutes," A No 10 spokesman said.

At the time of the event social gatherings indoors were banned, while people could only meet outdoors in groups of no more than six people. Pubs and restaurants were also closed.

ITV News also reported a claim that the Johnsons hosted some family friends that evening in their Downing Street flat, but the allegation was denied by No 10.

A No 10 spokesman told the broadcaster: "This is totally untrue. In line with the rules at the time the Prime Minister hosted a small number of family members outside that evening."

The news comes amid claims that Sue Gray, the civil servant investigating allegations of rule-breaking parties in Downing Street, has looked at claims about the Johnsons' flat.

The Prime Minister lives in the flat above No 11 Downing Street. Its refurbishment was at the centre of a donation row about how improvements were paid.

'We cannot afford to go on with this chaotic Government'

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said: "This is yet more evidence that we have got a Prime Minister who believes that the rules that he made don’t apply to him.

"And so we have got a Prime Minister and a Government who spend their whole time mopping up sleaze and deceit. Meanwhile millions of people are struggling to pay their bills.

"We cannot afford to go on with this chaotic, rudderless Government. The Prime Minister is a national distraction and he’s got to go."

This article was written by Ben Riley-Smith and Political Editor from The Telegraph and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive Content Marketplace. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.


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    Article originally published by The Telegraph. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

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