How has Boris Johnson responded to claims of Covid rule-busting parties?

1/19/2022 2:31:00 PM

How has Boris Johnson responded to claims of Covid rule-busting parties?

How has Boris Johnson responded to claims of Covid rule-busting parties?

Downing Street: How has Boris Johnson responded to claims of Covid rule-busting parties?

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Dominic Cummings and Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, sitting around a table in the No 10 garden during the first national lockdown.Boris Johnson is set to reveal this week whether Plan B Covid restrictions in England will be scrapped – as the rules are due to expire next Wednesday, January 26.Is the pandemic entering its endgame? The restrictions were introduced in December to slow the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant and to buy time to administer more booster jabs.And Was Told: 'You’ve Got To Grip This Madhouse' Top aide-turned-foe says the PM"waved aside" warning about “drinks party”.

Mr Johnson said in an interview on 20 December 2021: “Those were meetings of people at work. This is where I live and it’s where I work. But the decision will be weighed up based on the NHS, which remains ‘under significant pressure’. Those were meetings of people at work, talking about work. We've got to continue to remember that it's a threat.” - 20 May 2020: Garden party at Downing Street (BYOB) reported a leaked email from Mr Reynolds to more than 100 Downing Street employees asking them to “bring your own booze” for an evening gathering. ‘In terms of the data, there are some encouraging signs that infections are falling across the country. Multiple reports have suggested that the prime minister attended the event with his wife.

Asked if he and his wife attended a Downing Street party that was organised by Mr Reynolds on 20 May 2020, Mr Johnson said on 10 January 2022: “All that, as you know, is the subject of a proper investigation by Sue Gray. ‘There are also some signs of falls – or at least plateauing – in admissions and occupancy in hospital, which is good to see. Daily Covid cases are falling in the UK with the total recorded over the past seven days down 38.” At Prime Minister’s Questions two days later, he confirmed that he had attended the garden gathering for around 25 minutes with the intention of thanking his staff for their efforts during the pandemic while claiming, somewhat improbably: “I believed implicitly that it was a work event.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds outside Downing Street (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Archive) -13 November 2020: Leaving party for senior aide and Johnsons’ flat party According to reports at the time, Mr Johnson gave a leaving speech for Lee Cain, his departing director of communications and close ally of Mr Cummings. Business leaders are calling for work from home advice to be axed (Picture: PA) ‘So we are keeping a very close eye on the data but we do believe the mitigations we have in place – particularly our booster programme – is offering massive protection to the public. There are also allegations that the prime minister’s then-fiancee hosted parties in their flat, with one such event said to have taken place on 13 November 2020, the night Mr Cummings departed No 10.9% in the seven days up to 14 January - the latest figures available. Mr Johnson was asked in the House of Commons on 8 December 2021: “Will the prime minister tell the House whether there was a party in Downing Street on 13 November?” He replied: “No, but I’m sure that whatever happened the guidance was followed and the rules were followed at all times. ‘I don’t have a specific date for you.

” - 15 December 2020: Downing Street quiz The Sunday Mirror published an image in December 2021 showing the prime minister flanked by colleagues, one draped in tinsel and another wearing a Santa hat, in No 10 the previous year. Downing Street admitted Mr Johnson “briefly” attended the quiz after photographic evidence emerged, but insisted it was a virtual event.’ It comes as business leaders urged Mr Johnson to axe working from home guidance which has ‘crippled’ the capital’s economy. On Tuesday, the UK recorded 94,432 new cases and 438 deaths within 28 days of a positive test - the highest figure since 24 February - although the daily death figure tends to be higher after weekends because of reporting delays. In an interview on 13 December 2021, the PM said: “I can tell you that I certainly broke no rules – the whole thing will be looked into by the cabinet secretary, and what I’m focused on, frankly, is the vaccine rollout.” Mr Johnson apologised over the impression given ‘that staff in Downing Street take this less than seriously’ (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Wire) - 18 December 2020: Christmas party at Downing Street According to reports which first emerged at the end of November 2021, officials and advisers made speeches, enjoyed a cheese board, drank together and exchanged Secret Santa gifts – although the prime minister is not thought to have attended. Sir Bob Neill, Tory MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, called for working from home guidance to go by January 26 or earlier if ‘hospitalisations continue to decline’. Mr Johnson said in an interview on 7 December 2021: “I have satisfied myself that the guidelines were followed at all times. It is why it's also important to look at hospital admissions.

” He said in the House of Commons on 8 December 2021: “I repeat that I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken.’ Today a leading Government advisor said the continued drop in Covid cases indicates the Omicron wave could be ‘turning around’. That is what I have been repeatedly assured. Recommended . The latest data shows 750,054 tested positive in the past seven days – down 463,043, equivalent to a 38% drop, from the week earlier. It means pressures on the NHS may have peaked at just over 2,000 admissions a day - very much in best-case scenario territory.