Downing Road workers reportedly partied into the night time earlier than Prince Philip’s funeral

Boris Johnson’s Downing Road workers hosted two events on the night time earlier than Prince Philip’s socially distanced funeral, the Telegraph reported, the newest in a listing of a minimum of a dozen lockdown-busting bashes that the British prime minister and his workers are accused of getting attended.

On April 17, 2021, the Queen attended her husband’s funeral alone whereas mourners had been informed to not go away flowers to keep away from COVID-19 infections. But on the night time earlier than, the environment in Downing Road was a lot much less somber.

Witnesses informed the Telegraph there have been initially two separate farewell events: one within the Downing Road basement, which included dancing to music performed by a particular adviser, and one within the backyard, the place the departing director of communications James Slack — now a senior editor on the Solar newspaper — gave a farewell speech.

Slack apologized Friday morning for the “anger and harm” the celebration had brought on. He stated he took “full duty” and was “deeply sorry.”

In an emailed assertion issued by the Solar’s writer, Information UK, he added: “This occasion shouldn’t have occurred on the time that it did.”

One staffer reportedly wheeled in a suitcase full of booze that night time. Later each teams conjoined within the backyard, the place the celebration of round 30 folks went on effectively past midnight. An attendee broke the swing of Boris Johnson’s one-year-old son Wilf, the Telegraph reported.

A spokesperson for Johnson stated he was not current on the events and had left for his nation residence Chequers the night time earlier than.

“The Queen sat alone in mourning like so many did on the time with private trauma & sacrifice to maintain to the principles within the nationwide curiosity. I’ve no phrases for the tradition & behaviours at quantity 10 and the buck stops with the PM,” Deputy Labour chief Angela Rayner stated on Twitter.

Liberal Democrat chief Ed Davey renewed requires Johnson’s resignation. “The Queen sitting alone, mourning the lack of her husband, was the defining picture of lockdown. Not as a result of she is the Queen, however as a result of she was simply one other particular person, mourning alone like too many others. While she mourned, Quantity 10 partied. Johnson should go,” he wrote on Twitter.

Allegations of lockdown-breaching events are being investigated internally by Sue Grey, a civil servant.

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