New revelations about a “garden party” organized in Downing Street in full lockdown weaken the prime minister.
From our correspondent in London
The year 2021 had ended badly for Boris Johnson. The next one doesn’t start much better. The “Partygate” is not extinct, on the contrary. The Prime Minister is plunged back into the storm following the revelation of a new garden party being held in Downing Street in full lockdown in the spring of 2020. It was an email, revealed by ITV News, that set fire to the gunpowder.
Sent by Boris Johnson’s chief private secretary, Martin Reynolds, on May 20, 2020, invites about a hundred people to come “enjoy the good weather” for a flower pot in the gardens of the Prime Minister’s residence. “Bring your bottles”, suggests the message. Of course, it is specified that the party will take place “with social distancing” – perhaps ironically – but the invitation is tricky when at the time Brits were only allowed to meet one person outside. About 40 people participated. Whose…
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