A timeline of alleged government rallies during Covid’s restrictions


Boris Johnson faces intensive scrutiny over further allegations of collections that violate the rules no. 10 as the rest of the country was subject to severe prison measures to curb proliferation coronavirus.

After emails leaked to the public revealed that more than 100 No. 10 staff had been invited to the “bring your drink” event in Downing Street Garden on May 20, 2020, including the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie, MPs in his party also called on Mr. Johnson should resign.

here The Independent examines all allegations of rallies at no. 10, the government and the headquarters of the Conservative Party.

May 15, 2020

Joint investigation with The Independent in Caretaker revealed that in the rose garden no. 10 wine and pizza meeting took place May 15, 2020 – despite the fact that people from different households are limited to face-to-face meetings with family members and friends outdoors.

A picture he later published Caretaker showed the wine and cheese enjoyed by the Prime Minister, his wife Carrie, including advisers Dominic Cummings and Matt Hancock, former health minister. Mr Johnson had previously insisted that “these people were at work and talking about work”.

May 20, 2020

V blog just last week Mr. Cummings, the president’s former chief adviser, denied that the May 15 event showed off after-hours entertainment, and insisted that it was common practice at the time to hold meetings in the garden because of Covid’s dangers. However, he claimed that on 20 May 2020, an event of “socially distanced drinks” took place, at which people were invited by a senior official no. 10 «.

The line exploded like a the disclosed e-mail sent by the Prime Minister’s private secretary showed more than 100 staff no. 10 they were invited to an event where they were told to “bring their drink” and “take advantage of the nice weather”.

Boris Johnson he declined to say whether he attended, but the source said The Independent he “hung out” with the staff for at least an hour while throwing away drinks.

The incident will be investigated by Sue Gray, a senior civil servant in charge of investigating allegations of rule violations, and on Monday night, metropolitan police said they were “in contact” with the cabinet for alleged health care violations in no. May 20.

November 13, 2020

Another accusation with Mr. Cummings was at a “party level” on November 13, 2020 at the official residence of Mr. Johnson with Carrie Johnson – the same day that the leader of Vote Leave left Downing Street immediately and only eight days after the introduction of the second national prison in England. Last week, he claimed he had been told that staff at the press office “could hear music playing loudly”.

Asked by the Prime Minister last month whether party no. 10, Mr Johnson said “no”, but added: “I am convinced that everything that happened was always followed by instructions”.

November 27, 2020

Counselor Cleo Watson was reported to have left on November 27, with a speech by the Personal Prime Minister while alcohol was consumed. Mr Cummings, Mrs Watson’s close ally, insisted that there were no parties to date, but Mrs Gray’s investigation into the allegations of rule-breaking is examining the event.

December 10, 2020

It was confirmed that Ms Gray’s inquiry would include a social event in the London offices of the Department of Education (DfE) on 10 December 2020, encouraged by then-Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson to thank her staff.

At the time of the gathering, people in the capital were subject to Level 2 restrictions, which banned mixing among households indoors, while people were allowed to meet in groups of six outdoors.

The the department recognized the “assembly of colleagues” was held on December 10, with “snacks for promotional drinks brought by the participants,” adding, “Although this was work-related, we agree that it would be better not to gather at that particular time at that way ”.

December 14, 2020

Four days later, on December 10, when Londoners were still subject to Level 2 restrictions, a party was held at the Conservative Party headquarters in Westminster. Party spokesperson said earlier that the event was “illegal” and a “formal disciplinary action” against four CCHQ employees assigned to the campaign of then-London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey.

The Mirror later published an image of the rally, which led to Mr Bailey’s resignation from his official role in the London Assembly as chairman of the Police and Crime Committee. Given that the event took place in the offices of a political party, it does not fall within the remit of Ms Gray’s investigation, but metropolitan police have said they will contact the two people who attended.

December 15, 2020

The next day, December 15, 2020, staff no. 10 included in the holiday quiz, and reports indicate that invitations were sent in advance. A picture later published by the Sunday Mirror showed the prime minister surrounded by colleagues, with one dressed in pliers and the other wearing a Santa hat.

Downing Street said the prime minister “briefly” attended the quiz – after photographic evidence emerged – but insisted it was a virtual event, claiming he had not broken the rules.

December 16, 2020

The Mirror reported that senior public officials were “drinking and dancing” at an event planned by staff from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ office.

A DfT spokesman said: “Less than a dozen staff working in the office gathered in a large open-type office after work on 16 December, where they enjoyed food and drink, who were quiet, socially distant. We are aware that this was inappropriate and we apologize for the error of assessment. “

December 18, 2020

The allegations of a Christmas party, which was at number 10 on December 18, 2020, were the center of much anger late last year when the reports first appeared in the Daily Mirror. The incident happened when London was under strict Level 3 measures and just a day before Boris Johnson imposed an effective prison in the capital and large parts of the country.

After initially echoing questions about the meeting, Mr Johnson was forced to address the issue in assembly after an explosive video leak shows staff no. 10 holding a fake press conference and joking about a Christmas party. As a result, government aide Allegra Stratton has resigned and the prime minister has announced a Whitehall investigation led by Sue Gray, claiming he was “shocked” but the video is.

“I unreservedly apologize for the insult he has caused across the country and I apologize for the impression he is giving,” Mr Johnson told MEPs.

April 16, 2021

Recent reports of rallies at no. 10 appeared in Daily Telegraph, the prime minister’s former employer, who claims that two parties took place on Friday evening, April 16, 2021 – when England was under Step 2 of the Covid restriction, which banned indoor mixing. They also showed up the night before Prince PhilipA funeral in St. George’s Chapel, where the Queen sat alone with a mask on her face at a socially distanced ceremony with which she said goodbye to her 73-year-old husband.

According to a newspaper witness said he was drunk “excessive alcohol”., the participants danced to the special advisor’s music DJs, and at some point the staff was supposed to be sent to the local Co-op supermarket with a suitcase packed with bottles of wine before returning to the party.

Both events are expected to leave parties for staff working on the prime minister’s internal team. One was for James Slack, the then director of communications at no. 10, who now works as Deputy Editor – in – Chief at The sun newspaper, and another for the personal photographer Mr. Johnson.

V statement issued on friday Mr Slack said: “I would like to apologize unreservedly for the anger and hurt caused. This event should not have happened at the time it happened. I am very sorry and take full responsibility. ”However, Mr Slack said he could not comment further as the matter had been referred to an investigation by Sue Gray.


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