Published 11 January 2022 Share close panel Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Labour and some Tory MPs are demanding immediate answers on whether Boris Johnson attended a drinks event in the Downing Street garden during lockdown. In heated scenes in the Commons, Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said the PM “can run, but can’t hide” from scrutiny over the May 2020 gathering. And Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said Mr Johnson must quit if found to have broken Covid rules. The PM has declined to say whether he went to the drinks. He will face MPs for what is likely to be a volatile session of Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday. Sort it out or step aside, Tory donor tells PM The list of alleged government lockdown gatherings What rules would the Downing Street party have broken? On Monday, ITV published a leaked email from Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, inviting 100 staff to “socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden” on 20 May 2020 – when lockdown rules in England banned large outdoor gatherings. The invitation encouraged people to “bring your own booze” and “make the most of the lovely weather”…. Read full this story
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