Boris Johnson hosted a birthday party during the first lockdown when indoor gatherings were banned, reports say.
The Prime Minister, born on June 19, celebrated with up to 30 people, including the interior designer who decorated his number 11 apartment Lulu Lytle in 2020, ITV reports.
At the time of the alleged gathering, social mixing indoors was banned, people could only meet loved ones outdoors in groups of no more than six, and most schools remained closed to their students.
People who lived alone in England and Northern Ireland were able to form a “support bubble” with another household.
Carrie Johnson and Ms Lytle presented a cake to Mr Johnson, while Carrie led the staff in singing a happy birthday chorus.
People weren’t allowed to mix indoors back then.
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Days earlier, Mr Johnson had asked the public ‘to continue to exercise restraint and abide by the rules designed to keep us all safe’.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was ‘further evidence’ that Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘thinks the rules don’t apply to him’.
The party took place in the Cabinet Room, after Mr Johnson returned from a visit to a school in Hertfordshire.
A group of schoolchildren from Bovingdon School in Hertfordshire had sung Happy Birthday to the Prime Minister ahead of the holiday. They were all standing outside in the schoolyard.
A spokesperson for Lulu Lytle said: “Lulu was present in Downing Street on June 19 to work on the refurbishment.
“Lulu was not invited to any Prime Minister’s birthday party as a guest. Lulu entered the cabinet room briefly as requested, while waiting to speak with the Prime Minister.”
In response to the allegations, Number 10 said: ‘A group of staff working at No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. stayed less than ten minutes.”
A Number 10 spokesperson added: “This is totally untrue. In accordance with the rules at the time, the Prime Minister welcomed a small number of his family outside that evening.”
Jo Goodman, co-founder of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said: “Like thousands of others, I remember June 19 vividly. It was the day before what would have been my father’s 73rd birthday, shortly after his death. -19. It was a horrible time for my family, but we played by the rules, not even being able to hug each other for comfort.
“It’s completely sickening that the Prime Minister has spent [it] sharing a cake with 30 friends inside and although we are not even surprised anymore, it still brings new pain. While dozens of people sang happy birthday to her, families couldn’t even sing in memory at the funerals of their loved ones.
“Regardless of any report, the Prime Minister must clearly resign. He has lost all credibility.”
The latest addition to partygate comes hours before Sue Gray is due to release the findings of her investigation into Downing Street parties at the earliest.
Whitehall enforcer Ms Gray had just included Carrie Johnson in her investigation amid claims from parties at the Downing Street flat she shares with the Prime Minister.
Over the weekend, The Sunday Times revealed Ms Johnson had repeatedly invited two of her close friends to Number 11 Downing Street.
They did not work for Number 10 at the time despite Ms Johnson’s claims they were ‘work related’.
It comes as the prime minister fights to save his premiership.
Just last week, vocal Tory MP Christian Wakeford defected to Labour.
He sensationally crossed the Commons floor moments before the start of PMQs last week to sit directly behind Keir Starmer and watch the PM.
And more details have emerged about other Downing Street parties since the Mirror first reported last November.
Officials are said to have taken part in a seven-hour session twice to bid farewell to Mr Johnson’s top spin doctor and a Downing Street photographer in April 2020.
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Photographs show the Prime Minister and his wife pictured sitting in the Downing Street garden with bottles of wine and a cheese platter in May 2020.
Mr Johnson said those present were talking about work.
Five days after this rally on May 20, 2020, around 100 people were invited by email to attend a “BYOB at social distance” party in the garden of number 10.
Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, sent out the invitations.
The Prime Minister and his wife would be with about thirty people who took part.
Mr Johnson said he was there for 25 minutes and thought it was a business event.