BoJo’s deputy responds to claim UK PM lied about ‘wine party’ — Analysis
Boris Johnson was accused by former aide Dominic Cummings of breaking his own Covid rules & lying about it
The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, has stood by his boss Boris Johnson and denied that Johnson lied to him about the garden party he attended during a tight 2020 lockdown.
Raab supported Johnson’s apology last week that he had attended a 10 Downing Street garden party during the May 2020 nationwide lockdown.
“The suggestion that he’s lied is nonsense,”Raab spoke to Times Radio Tuesday. “He’s made it very clear to the House of Commons, took questions on this, that he thought it was a work event,”He spoke to Times Radio.
The PM was also supported by a spokesperson for the government, who stated that they were “untrue”Johnson was “warned about the event.”
The Guardian published a photo in December of Johnson sitting in a wicker chair while chatting to staffers about cheese and wine. The government was dealt further embarrassment this month when ITV News revealed an email in which the PM’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited guests to “have some socially distanced drinks”At No. 10’s garden and “bring your own booze.”
Anger erupted over the incident, and new allegations were made that officials of government had been casually violating Covid rules.
Johnson insists before members of parliament that he “believed implicitly”Although he believed that the May 2020 event was an employee-only affair, he later realized that it should have been a company event. “some other way”Thank you to his employees.
Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s former chief adviser, disputed the PM’s account. “He knew it was a drinks party, he lied to Parliament,”He wrote Monday’s blog post and on social media.
“Not only me but other eyewitnesses who discussed this at the time would swear under oath this is what happened,”The former aide wrote.
Cummings stated that Reynolds was ordered to cancel the May 2020 party by at least two individuals. Reynolds asked Johnson for permission to continue the party. “the PM agreed it should,”He wrote.
Johnson’s cabinet had already been under pressure after it was revealed that officials attended social gatherings at No. 10 and 12 in April, December, last year.
The Mirror quoted sources saying last week that government employees regularly attended meetings “wine-time Fridays” during the pandemic under Johnson’s watch, while the PM encouraged his staff to “let off steam.”
Keir Starmer, Labour Party leader has called Johnson to resign and called him “Keir” “a prime minister mired in deceit and deception.”
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