New allegations against Boris Johnson: Birthday party in lockdown

NEven more trouble for Boris Johnson: According to a report, the British Prime Minister celebrated his birthday in the middle of the lockdown in June 2020 with cake, serenade and numerous guests. According to broadcaster ITV, Johnson’s wife Carrie had organized a surprise party for the Conservative politician at his official residence at 10 Downing Street. Private indoor meetings were not allowed at the time. The government did not deny the report in principle.

For Johnson, who has been criticized for weeks for reports of allegedly illegal lockdown parties, Monday evening’s revelation comes at an inopportune time. The results of an internal investigation into a whole series of alleged lockdown parties in Downing Street are expected later this week – there are now ten. Johnson’s political fate could depend on the outcome of this investigation. Several members of his own faction want to overthrow him.

According to ITV, up to 30 people are said to have attended the alleged celebration on the afternoon of June 19, 2020 for Johnson’s 56th birthday, including mainly employees, but also the designer Lulu Lytle, who renovated the Johnsons’ official apartment for a lot of money at the time. Carrie Johnson is said to have started the song “Happy Birthday” according to the report. In addition to the cake, there is said to have been a picnic with delicacies from a well-known department store and delicatessen chain. Later, several family members were at the Johnsons’ home for a private party.

“A brief meeting of employees”

A government spokeswoman did not deny the report of the group’s afternoon gathering, according to ITV, but did not interpret it as a party but as a brief meeting of staff following a meeting to congratulate the prime minister. Johnson was there for less than ten minutes. The event only lasted 20 to 30 minutes. The spokeswoman rejected the report about guests in the official apartment as “completely untrue”. Johnson only received a small group of family members outdoors. Designer Lytle said she was only in Downing Street to work and was waiting to speak to Johnson outside the room where the party was said to be.

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