Boris Johnson admits attending garden party in Downing Street amid COVID lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to attending a controversial “Bring your own booze” garden party in his office as the country was on lockdown.
He apologized for the May Day 2020 but insisted he “implicitly believed it was a professional event” and refused repeated calls for resignation.

Opposition Leader Keir Starmer called the apology “pathetic” and “worthless”.

Boris Johnson’s approval has plummeted in recent months. (Getty)

“I know millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the past 18 months,” Mr Johnson told the Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

“I know the anguish they went through, unable to mourn their loved ones, unable to live their lives the way they want or do the things they love.

“And I know the rage they feel against me and the government I lead when they think that downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people making the rules.

“And while I couldn’t anticipate the conclusions of the ongoing investigation, I learned enough to know that there were things we just didn’t understand and that I need to take responsibility for. . “

Opposition politicians called for a police investigation after the broadcaster ITV released leaked email on Tuesday invitation to “socially distanced drinks” in the garden of the Prime Minister’s Office in Downing Street.

The email from the Prime Minister’s Private Secretary, Martin Reynolds, went out to dozens of people and urged attendees to “bring their own alcohol”.

The event was scheduled for May 20, 2020 – the same day the government, in a televised press conference, reminded people that they can only meet one person outside of their home.

In Britain’s first lockdown, which began in March 2020 and lasted for more than two months, gatherings were banned with a few exceptions, including work and funerals.

Millions of people have been cut off from friends and family, and even prevented from visiting dying relatives in hospitals.

On the day of the garden party, 268 people with coronavirus died in Britain, official figures show, bringing the total of deaths to over 36,000. The total now stands at over 150,000, the toll the highest in Europe after Russia.

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