Met Police in contact with Cabinet Office over reports of lockdown-breaking Downing Street party

The Met Police are in contact with the Cabinet Office after explosive revelations today about a reported drinks party at Downing Street during the country’s first Covid lockdown.

In a leaked email the Prime Minister’s private secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited more than 100 Downing Street employees to “bring your own booze”.

Mr Reynolds said they should “make the most of the lovely weather”, despite England being under tough Covid-19 restrictions in May 2020.

The revelations have piled further pressure on Boris Johnson, with Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner saying that the prime minister “should be ashamed” following the alleged rule-breaking.

The party on May 20 comes just five days after another gathering that took place in the garden of No10 where Mr Johnson and wife Carrie Johnson were pictured in the garden having wine and cheese.

The leaked email sent by Mr Reynolds who has worked in Mr Johnson’s private office since October 2019, as reported by ITV News.

The full email says: “Hi all,

“After what has been an incredibly busy period we thought it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.

“Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

According to the broadcaster around 40 people are said to have attended the party, including the prime minister and his partner.

Sue Gray, a senior civil servant, is already investigating allegations of other lockdown-breaking gatherings in government.

A Cabinet official has already confirmed she is investigating the May 20 event as part of her inquiry, along with the separate May 15 2020 garden gathering.

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A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on May 20 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.”

More to follow…


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