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UK PM Boris Johnson admits attending the Downing Street lockdown drinks party and resists the call to resign

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends drinks party at Downing Street

January 13, 2022: -the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized on Wednesday after admitting he attended a “bring your booze” Downing Street Garden party in May 2020, which says that he believed that it was a work event at the time.

Addressing lawmakers in the House of Commons, Johnson said he wanted to apologize for his actions and said he knows some people feel rage toward him and his government over the so-called “party game” scandal.

“There were things we simply did not get right, and I must take responsibility,” Johnson added.

The P.M conceded for the initial time that he had attended the Downing Street Garden party on May 20, 2020, which claims he had thought the gathering to be a work event at the time. He adds that in hindsight, he should have sent everyone back inside.

Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition Labour Party, accused Johnson of “months of deceit and deception” and led calls which urged the prime minister to “do the simpler thing and resign.”

Starmer described Johnson’s defense that he did not realize the event was a party as “offensive to the British public.”

As a response to numerous calls to resign, Johnson said that he did not think he had to pre-empt the outcome of an internal investigation led by senior government official Sue Gray.

On Monday, Details of the party first emerged when British broadcaster ITV published a leaked email from Johnson’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds. The bombshell revelation prompts an enormous public backlash and destabilized Johnson’s premiership once again.

The email invited more than 100 Downing Street employees “to make the most of this lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No ten garden” from 6 p.m. on May 20, 2020. The message was sent when lockdown rules in England banned huge outdoor gatherings.

Reynolds signed off the email by inviting staff to “bring your booze!”

Below an hour before the Downing Street Garden party was scheduled, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden delivered a Covid press conference to remind the public that they must only meet outdoors in pairs.

Sky News reported that the prime minister and Carrie Johnson were seen with about 40 staff in the Downing Street Garden on May 20. Johnson’s spokesperson has refused to comment on the details.

It is following a string of different allegations regarding rule-breaking parties at Downing Street by Johnson and his officials and a host of other separate scandals, which include the government’s awarding of lucrative Covid contracts and the refurbishment of Johnson’s Downing Street flat.

Few Members of Parliament within the ruling Conservative Party have called for Johnson to resign if he has breached the strict laws his government brought in to control the spread of Covid.

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