Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Downing Street employees have said they thought parties held during lockdown had been approved by Boris Johnson because he “was grabbing a glass for himself”.

Three “insiders” told the BBC Panorama documentary of chaotic, crowded gatherings at the heart of government in which people sat on others’ laps and rooms were left strewn with debris.

The disclosures intensify the pressure on the prime minister before the publication of Sue Gray’s report into lockdown gatherings, which is expected to be published today.

A photo shows Boris Johnson at a lockdown party in November 2020

A photo shows Boris Johnson at a lockdown party in November 2020

ITV NEWS

One of the BBC’s sources said they felt they were licensed by the prime minister to attend the gatherings, on the basis that he was there.

They said: “He may have just been popping through on the way to his flat because that’s

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