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Boris Johnson’s former aide James Slack apologises for ‘anger and hurt’ caused by No 10 party – live | Politics

In case you missed it (!), final night time The Telegraph (paywall) published reports that workers inside No 10 held two workers leaving dos that includes alcohol, and one with loud music, on the night earlier than Prince Philip’s socially distanced funeral in April final year.

Eyewitnesses advised the paper a mixed complete of about 30 folks took half in what gave the impression to be social occasions in several elements of Downing Street, earlier than each gatherings mixed within the backyard.

According to at least one attender, a workers member was despatched with a suitcase to the Co-op on the Strand, a brief stroll away, returning with the case stuffed with bottles of wine.

Boris Johnson was not at Downing Street that night, having gone to Chequers, the prime ministerial nation retreat, on the Thursday night and remaining into the weekend.

At the time, England was in stage two of the federal government’s gradual rest from lockdown. Up to 6 folks or two households might meet exterior, whereas indoors, folks might solely socialise with their family or assist bubble.

One of the occasions at No 10 marked the departure from authorities of James Slack, who was the prime minister’s official spokesperson beneath each Theresa May and Johnson, earlier than turning into Johnson’s director of communications, based on the Telegraph. He is now deputy editor of the Sun.

The different was for one among Johnson’s personal photographers, the paper reported. Witnesses advised the Telegraph that the occasion to mark the photographer’s departure primarily befell within the basement space of No 10, with loud music taking part in.

Both teams reportedly moved exterior round midnight, with ingesting carrying on into the early hours of the morning. While within the backyard one attender broke a swing belonging to Johnson’s toddler son, Wilfred, a witness advised the paper.

More on that story right here: Two Downing Street events held night earlier than Prince Philip’s funeral – experiences

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