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Boris STILL refuses to admit lockdown laws were broken in Downing St

The gatherings which ARE being probed 

– May 20, 2020: BYOB backyard get together

The revelation got here in an e mail, leaked to ITV, from senior civil servant Martin Reynolds to greater than 100 Downing Street staff inviting them to ‘carry your individual booze’ for a night gathering.

The PM has admitted attending the gathering, however beforehand insisted he believed it was a piece occasion which might ‘technically’ have been throughout the guidelines.

– June 18, 2020: Cabinet Office gathering

Ms Gray’s report revealed {that a} gathering in the Cabinet Office on this date is being investigated by the police. It has not beforehand been reported on. 

The occasion was apparently held to mark the departure of a Number 10 non-public secretary. 

– June 19, 2020: Birthday get together for the PM

A Downing Street spokesman admitted employees ‘gathered briefly’ in the Cabinet Room after a meeting. A report from ITV News advised up to 30 individuals attended and the PM was introduced with a cake. 

The broadcaster advised the PM’s spouse, Carrie Johnson, had organised the shock get-together. Reports mentioned Lulu Lytle, the inside designer behind lavish renovations of Mr and Mrs Johnson’s No 10 flat, briefly attended whereas endeavor work in Downing Street.

ITV News additionally reported that later the identical night, household and mates were hosted upstairs to additional have a good time the Prime Minister’s 56th birthday in his official residence.

Number 10 beforehand mentioned: ‘This is completely unfaithful. In line with the principles on the time the Prime Minister hosted a small variety of relations outdoors that night.’

The police probe relates particularly to the gathering in the Cabinet Room.    

– November 13, 2020: Leaving get together for senior aide

According to reviews on the time, Mr Johnson gave a leaving speech for Lee Cain, his departing director of communications and a detailed ally of Mr Cummings.

– November 13, 2020: Johnsons’ flat get together

There are allegations that the Prime Minister’s then fiancee hosted events in their flat, with one such occasion mentioned to have taken place on November 13 – the evening Dominic Cummings departed Number 10.

It has been described because the ‘Winner Takes It All’ get together as a result of Abba was allegedly performed, and Carrie had a long-running feud with Mr Cummings. 

A spokesman for Mrs Johnson has beforehand known as the declare as ‘whole nonsense’.

– December 17, 2020: Cabinet Office ‘Christmas get together’

Quite a few retailers reported {that a} gathering was held in the Cabinet Office on December 17.

The Times reported that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case attended the get together in room 103 of the Cabinet Office, that it had been organised by a personal secretary in Mr Case’s group, and that it was included in digital calendars as: ‘Christmas get together!’

The Cabinet Office confirmed a quiz happened, however a spokesman mentioned: ‘The Cabinet Secretary performed no half in the occasion, however walked by way of the group’s office on the best way to his personal office.’

– December 17, 2020: Leaving drinks for former Covid Taskforce head

The former director-general of the Government’s Covid Taskforce mentioned she was ‘actually sorry’ over a night gathering in the Cabinet Office for her leaving drinks throughout coronavirus restrictions days earlier than Christmas in 2020.

Kate Josephs, who’s now chief government of Sheffield City Council, mentioned she gathered with colleagues who were in the office that day and added that she was co-operating with the Ms Gray’s probe.

– December 17, 2020: Number 10 leaving do

The Sue Gray replace mentioned the police are additionally probing a gathering in Downing Street held to mark the departure of a Number 10 official on December 17.

– December 18, 2020: Christmas get together at Downing Street

The declare that kicked off the rule-breaking allegations is {that a} get together was held for Downing Street employees on December 18.

Officials and advisers reportedly made speeches, loved a cheese board, drank collectively and exchanged Secret Santa items, though the PM is just not thought to have attended.

Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman, Allegra Stratton, stop after being filmed joking about it with fellow aides at a mock press convention – though it’s not clear whether or not she attended. 

– January 14, 2021: Number 10 leaving do for 2 employees members

A beforehand unreported gathering is being probed by the police. The Sue Gray replace revealed an occasion in Downing Street for the departure of two Number 10 non-public secretaries is being checked out by the police. 

– April 16, 2021: Drinks and dancing the evening earlier than the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The Telegraph reported that advisers and civil servants gathered after work for 2 separate occasions on the Friday evening.

They were to mark the departure of James Slack, Mr Johnson’s former director of communications, and one of many Prime Minister’s personal photographers.

Mr Slack, who left his Number 10 function to develop into deputy editor-in-chief of The Sun newspaper, mentioned he was sorry for the ‘anger and damage’ brought on by his leaving do, whereas Downing Street apologised to the Queen.

The Telegraph quoted a Number 10 spokesman as saying Mr Johnson was not in Downing Street that day and is alleged to have been at Chequers.

The newspaper reported accounts from witnesses who mentioned alcohol was drunk and friends danced to music, including that it had been informed that round 30 individuals attended each occasions mixed.

The three occasions not being investigated 

– May 15, 2020: Downing Street ‘cheese and wine’ get together

The PM, his spouse Carrie, former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, and Mr Johnson’s principal non-public secretary, Martin Reynolds, were all pictured, in {a photograph} leaked to The Guardian, sitting round a desk in the Number 10 backyard, with wine and cheese in entrance of them.

Some 15 different individuals were additionally in the {photograph}, however the Prime Minister has insisted this was a piece meeting, saying: ‘Those were conferences of individuals at work, speaking about work.’ 

– November 27, 2020: Second employees leaving do

The Mirror reported that the PM gave a farewell speech to an aide on the finish of November whereas the lockdown in England was nonetheless in place.

Other reviews have mentioned the leaving do was for Cleo Watson, a senior Downing Street aide and ally of Mr Cummings. 

– December 10, 2020: Department for Education get together

The DfE confirmed a social occasion occurred after The Mirror reported that former training secretary Gavin Williamson threw a celebration and delivered a brief speech at an occasion organised at his division’s Whitehall headquarters.

A spokesman acknowledged that ‘it might have been higher not to have gathered in this manner at that specific time’.

Is the unfortunate thirteenth being investigated? 

– December 15, 2020: Downing Street quiz

The PM appeared on contestants’ screens on the quiz however has insisted he broke no guidelines.

An picture revealed by the Sunday Mirror confirmed Mr Johnson flanked by two colleagues, one draped in tinsel and one other sporting a Santa hat, in Number 10.

Downing Street admitted Mr Johnson ‘briefly’ attended the quiz after the photographic proof emerged however insisted it was a digital occasion.

The police initially were not investigating this occasion, however later mentioned they might ‘assess’ it following the emergence of one other {photograph} of the PM. 

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