Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

London: New photographs of Prime Minister Boris Johnson drinking at a leaving party at his Downing Street residence have been published, reigniting opposition accusations that he breached his own COVID-19 lockdown rules.

The photographs, obtained by ITV News, were taken at a gathering in honor of Downing Street’s outgoing director of communications Lee Cain in November 2020, an event previously investigated by police for potential breaches of the law.

The new photos appear to undermine some of Johnson’s previous statements. When asked in parliament in December about reports of a party at his residence the previous month, Johnson said that he was sure “the rules were followed at all times”.

Angela Rayner, the opposition Labor Party’s deputy leader, accused Johnson of lying.

“Boris Johnson repeatedly said he knew nothing about law-breaking – there’s no doubt now, he lied,” Rayner said. “Johnson made the rules, and then broke them.”

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Credit:AP

Monday’s photographs show Johnson making a speech and raising a toast, with half a glass in his hands, ITV said.

At that time, large gatherings with people outside of your own household were banned after England had been put back into a national lockdown due to rising cases of COVID-19.

Reuters could not independently verify when or where the pictures were taken. Johnson’s office has said police had access to all information during their investigation, including photos.

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