Thu. May 26th, 2022

London: A former senior adviser to Britain’s Boris Johnson said on Monday that he was willing to “swear under oath” that the prime minister knew a party was being held at his residence during a COVID-19 lockdown, accusing him of lying Parliament.

British media have reported that at least 11 gatherings took place on 10 Downing Street – the Prime Minister’s official residence and office – or in other government departments between May 2020 and April 2021, with COVID-19 rules limiting how many people could meet socially.

An internal investigation is conducted to establish the facts.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's former senior adviser Dominic Cummings.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former senior adviser Dominic Cummings.Credit:AP

Johnson apologized to Parliament last week for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in the garden on Downing Street on May 20, 2020, but said he had thought it was a work event.

Dominic Cummings, an architect behind Britain’s exit from the EU and a former senior adviser to Johnson, who left the government under harsh conditions in November 2020, said on Twitter that the Prime Minister had agreed that the drinks party should continue.

“Not only me, but other eyewitnesses who discussed this at the time would swear under oath that this was what happened,” he said on his blog.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.Credit:AP

Last week, ITV News published an email invitation from Johnson’s Primary Secretary Martin Reynolds to an event on May 20, 2020, asking attendees to “bring your own booze.”

Cummings said that after Reynolds was asked to cancel the invitation by at least two people, Reynolds checked with Johnson if it should go ahead.

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