Downing Street apologizes to Queen over Lockdown Parties
Downing Street has apologized to Buckingham Palace for two staff parties in No 10 on the night before Prince Philip’s funeral.
The gatherings, first reported by The Telegraph, took place on 16 April 2021 and went on until the early hours.
The PM’s spokesman said it was “deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning”.
Boris Johnson was not at either party but he faces questions over alleged Covid rule-breaking at No 10.
The latest party revelations led to a backlash from opposition parties, who contrasted the behavior of No 10 staff with pictures of the Queen sitting alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, due to Covid restrictions.
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP are all calling for Johnson to resign after he admitted attending a drinks party in the Downing Street garden during lockdown on 20 May 2020.
And Andrew Bridgen has become the fifth Conservative MP to publicly declare they have written to the chairman of the 1922 Committee; which organizes Tory leadership contests to say they have no confidence in the prime minister.
Fifty-four Conservative MPs have to write a letter to trigger a vote.
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