Boris Johnson says ‘nobody told me’ Downing Street party broke lockdown rules
Boris Johnson has doubled down on his claim that he thought the “bring your own booze” gathering on May 2020 was a “work event”, and insisted he wasn’t warned that the gathering was against Covid rules.
Former aide Dominic Cummings claims Johnson misled parliament when he said he thought it was a “work event”, and said the prime minister was made aware that the get-together would breach Covid rules.
Now, Johnson faces the possibility of a no-confidence vote if 54 letters of no confidence are received by the 1922 Committee. It’s thought that roughly 20 MPs could submit letters today, but one told The Daily Telegraph the number of letters needed to trigger a challenge could be reached today.
It’s said MPs met last night to discuss Johnson’s future in a gathering nicknamed the “pork pie plot” or the “pork pie putsch”.
Speaking yesterday, the prime minister said he wasn’t warned that the 20th May 2020 gathering was in breach of Covid rules.
He told broadcasters: “I can tell you categorically, categorically, that nobody told me and nobody said that this was something that was against the rules or was a breach of the Covid rules or we were doing something that wasn’t a work event because, frankly, I don’t think, I can’t imagine why on earth it would have gone ahead or why it would have been allowed to go ahead.”
His memory of the event, he said, was going into the garden for “about 25 minutes” for what he “implicity thought was a work event” and talking to staff. He said he then went back to his office and continued working.
He added: “I do humbly apologise to people for misjudgments that were made. But that is the very, very best of my recollection about this event.”
Asked if he was “taking the mickey” over his claim that he believed the 20th May 2020 drinks were a work event, the prime minister said: “I think what people need to do is wait and see what the [Sue Gray] report says.
“I repeat my deep apologies to people for mistakes that may have been made on my watch.”
As the political dumpster fire rages on, Twitter delivered the goods:
Oh mate, you should have watched the briefings they had on the telly every day; plus, bonus! there was a guy, the spitting image of you, doing them! You should have seen him! Same stupid hair and everything. Classic.https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1483430235865559044\u00a0\u2026
— Dara \u00d3 Briain (@Dara \u00d3 Briain)
"Nobody warned me that it was a bad idea to make a sharp turn with the gun ports open..."pic.twitter.com/GOLoZDj1cC
\u201cNo-one told me that a party with 30-40 people and tables of food and drink was against the rules which I put in place myself and which stated you could only be with one other person outside\u201d\n\nWorld-beating gaslighting.pic.twitter.com/nomBhWntai
Statement by Larry the Cat.\n#Fun #humour #larrythecat #DowningStreet #Boris pic.twitter.com/WRtWgzXCd3
— My Favourite Bench (@My Favourite Bench)
"Although the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, did a fantastic job communicating the rules hours earlier and I, in fact, congratulated him on the clarity with which he did so, nevertheless, alas, nobody told me that those rules would be applied, by others, to me"\n\n #nobodytoldmepic.twitter.com/BKqAaTQAME
— Dr Mike Galsworthy (@Dr Mike Galsworthy)
#nobodytoldme that the rules I put in place would apply to me @BorisJohnsonpic.twitter.com/j2LyT6xTZR
#NobodyToldMe that I had to stay for the whole interview ...pic.twitter.com/agEzZMgpSm
— The People's Democratic Republic of Poundland (@The People's Democratic Republic of Poundland)
Absolutely bizarre, #nobodytoldme it was against the rules, says the Prime Minister #nobodytoldme I was in charge of running the Country and had made the rules. He's just pathetic now. I may be off Twitter for a while, I'm off shoplifting.pic.twitter.com/lDjJrM1uXv
"I didn't know those were the rules, I only said them on TV every single day, spent thousands on marketing campaigns that stated said rules, mentioned the rules on every interview I did and fined other people for not following the rules but at no point did understand the rules"