Around 100 people were invited to a “bring your own drink” event in the Downing Street garden during the first Covid shutdown.
Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson criticized the UK government for holding a drinking event in the Downing Street garden during the first shutdown, stating: “What would any of these people be thinking?”
The prime minister’s chief private secretary, Martin Reynolds, sent an email to more than 100 employees in Downing Street, inviting them to a gathering on the lawn of Number 10 during the first shutdown, according to an email reported by ITV News.
The message to the staff, marked “OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE-Nº10 ONLY,” what is titled “Socially distanced drinks” and urged people to arrive starting at 6pm and “Bring your own liquor.” Around 40 employees are believed to have finally attended the event that night, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie, according to eyewitness reports.
The meeting’s start time came less than an hour after then-UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden used a televised press conference to tell people to avoid meetings and reduce contacts to just one. person outside your home in the open air.
The party, on May 20, 2020, occurred during the UK’s first nationwide shutdown. The rules were relaxed a bit 12 days later, allowing groups of up to six people to meet outdoors.
The Minister of Health, Edward Argar, accepted that there would be public “Anger, sadness and discomfort” in response to party reports, but claimed it was “Important” wait for an investigation into the Downing Street lockdown meetings to be completed.
Davidson criticized Argar’s excuse, stating that “Nobody needs an officer to tell them if they were on a drunken spree in their own backyard.” In a direct attack on the government, the former Scottish politician asked: “What would any of these people be thinking?”
“The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of the widespread reports related to alleged violations of the Health Protection Regulations in Downing Street on May 20, 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.” a Scotland Yard spokesperson confirmed to the media.
Senior Official Sue Gray is currently investigating other alleged violations of the government lockdown, including a May 15 meeting in the Downing Street Garden. Johnson and Downing Street have not commented as of yet.
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