Sun. Jul 3rd, 2022

Boris Johnson was under increasing pressure last night over No. 10 lockdown parties as several revelations of bubbly gatherings in the pandemic emerged.

Downing Street staff held “wine time Fridays,” which the Prime Minister regularly witnessed.

Sources told our sister newspaper, the Mirror, that he urged aides to “let the steam out,” despite the fact that indoor socializing is prohibited under his Covid rules.

The calls for Johnson to resign due to the party scandal grew last night as Labor stepped forward in the polls.

The wine event was so popular that workers even invested in a £ 142 drink fridge to keep their bottles of white wine, prosecco and beer cool.

A picture has emerged that it was delivered through the back door of Downing Street on December 11, 2020. And sources claimed that helpers took turns on Friday to visit a Tesco Metro in Westminster with a suitcase on wheels to fill the fridge with 34 bottles.

The events should sometimes have lasted until midnight, when the staff also played games.

A source said: “Boris used to stop by for a chat while they had a drink. It was on its way up to his apartment and the door was usually open. He knew about it and encouraged it.”

Another added: “He could see everyone sitting there drinking.

“He came in and said, ‘Hi everyone, have you had a tough week? Let some steam out? Nice.’

“The thought that he did not know there were drinks is total nonsense. If the Prime Minister tells you to ‘give the steam’, he basically says it’s fine.



A picture has emerged of a wine refrigerator being delivered to Downing Street
A picture has emerged of a wine refrigerator being delivered to Downing Street

The revelations come as No. 10 apologized to Buckingham Palace yesterday after it was revealed that parties were being held there the day before Prince Philips’ funeral.

Staff reportedly took a suitcase to a supermarket to refill with booze for two who left the bashes on April 16 last year. But “wine time Fridays” seems to show that it was not a stand-alone.

Opposition MPs, several tories and grieving relatives involved Johnson, especially with regard to the parties on the eve of Philips’ funeral.

A few hours after the staff had drunk booze and danced to music, the queen was pictured mourning alone at her service.

Labor leader Keir Starmer said: “This shows how seriously Boris Johnson has degraded the prime ministerial post.

“An apology is not the only thing the Prime Minister should offer the palace today. Boris Johnson should do the decent thing and resign.”

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said: “Boris Johnson should personally apologize to the Queen for the offense he has caused her and millions around the country mourn their loved ones. He should also use this opportunity to officially hand over his resignation . “

Fran Hall, of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said: “If your neighbors had behaved like that, you would have been disgusted.

“That the people who run the country do it and then lie about it shows a complete contempt for the general public.

“We shared the same pain of mourning in isolation as the Queen did, and she must be as sick as we are to hear this.”

Andrew Bridgen became the fifth Tory MP to publicly demand Johnson go.

He said: “Unfortunately, the Prime Minister’s position has become untenable.

“Leadership is not just about the job title, or even making big decisions, it’s just as much about having a moral compass, knowing not only right from left, but right from wrong.”

The Sutton Coldfield Conservative Association withdrew its support for Johnson, saying the move reflected “local grassroots views.”



Staff reportedly took a suitcase to a supermarket to refill with booze for two leaving bashes
Staff reportedly took a suitcase to a supermarket to refill with booze for two leaving bashes

A Downing Street spokesman said of the outbursts before the funeral: “It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No. 10 has apologized to the Palace.

“The Prime Minister has recognized that No. 10 must be kept to the highest standards and take responsibility for things we did not get right.”

One of the abandoned events was for former No. 10 communications director James Slack.

He said: “I would like to apologize unreservedly for the anger and the pain that has been caused. This event should not have taken place at the time it happened. I am deeply sorry and take full responsibility.”

The wine Fridays were planned in the electronic calendars for about 50 No 10 employees between kl. 16.00 and 19.00.

They were especially popular from the fall of 2020 to the spring of 2021.

At the time, the rules prohibited two or more persons from different households from meeting indoors unless “reasonably necessary” for work purposes.

The event is a long-standing tradition to help staff relax at the end of a busy week. But it continued after restrictions came in.

Johnson is said to have attended a “handful” of the gatherings.

These include one on November 13, 2020, the day Dominic Cummings went out of No. 10 when he turned into a glass of wine and a talk.

Sources said that a regular participant, when strict mixing rules were in place, was Captain Steve Higham, then the prime minister’s defense adviser. The ministry declined to comment.



One of the abandoned events was for former No. 10 communications director James Slack
One of the abandoned events was for former No. 10 communications director James Slack

Downing Street did not deny the allegations of “wine Fridays”.

It said: “There is a study to establish the facts surrounding the nature of the gatherings, including participation, framework and the purpose of referring to compliance with the guidelines at that time. The results will be published in due course.”

Johnson is drawing up a list of officials to bid farewell to the partygate affair in an attempt to save his premiership, dubbed “Operation Save Big Dog” by himself.

Labor re-opened a 10-point lead on the Tories in a poll by Savanta ComRes last night. The party was at 42 points, with the Conservatives at 32.

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