Downing Street party email leak: Boris Johnson under fire over lockdown shindig – IN FULL

Boris Johnson grilled on Downing Street garden photo

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More than 100 Downing Street staff were invited to a party in the height of the first 2020 lockdown in the gardens of the Prime Minister’s office. The leaked email was sent by the Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds to over a hundred employees in Number 10, including the Prime Minister’s advisors, speechwriters and door staff.

The email reads: “Hi all,

“After what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.

“Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

It has not been confirmed if Mr Johnson was in attendance at the party.

Mr Reynolds is a senior Number 10 civil servant who has run Boris Johnson’s private office since October 2019. has contacted Downing Street for comment.

The email follows allegations about staff gathering in the garden on a separate occasion on May 15, with a photograph emerging of Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie sitting with Number 10 staff including Martin Reynolds on the terrace with a bottle of wine and cheese.

Downing Street has previously insisted that the photograph was of a ‘work meeting’.

On the day in question, less than an hour before the drinks do began, the then Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden had reminded the rest of England at the daily press conference that meeting outdoors with only one other person was allowed.

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