Boris Johnson’s premiership was plunged deeper into disaster on Monday after it emerged that he had a party throughout England’s first lockdown in 2020, regardless of Covid guidelines on the time banning indoor social gatherings.
Johnson has constantly denied data of events in Downing Road, however he attended a shock get-together within the cupboard room to have fun his birthday in June of that yr, together with as much as 30 company.
The disclosure of the Downing Road celebration, first reported by ITV Information and confirmed by the FT, will gasoline issues amongst Tory MPs that the prime minister disregarded Covid guidelines that he imposed on the remainder of England.
When the gathering befell pubs, eating places, hairdressers and non-essential retailers had been closed, whereas outside gatherings had been restricted to the rule of six. Faculties additionally remained closed to most pupils.
“It’s dying by a thousand cuts,” mentioned one former cupboard minister. “For individuals who haven’t made their thoughts up that is absolutely the straw that breaks the camel’s again,” mentioned Andrew Bridgen, considered one of seven Tory MPs to publicly demand that Johnson quits.
One senior Tory mentioned it was “inevitable” extra MPs would demand a no-confidence vote in Johnson by submitting letters to Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs. A member of the 1922 government mentioned the most recent revelations had been “deadly”.
The account of the most recent occasion comes as Sue Grey, a senior civil servant, finalises her report into alleged events in Downing Road throughout Covid lockdowns.
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