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Police have a photo of Boris Johnson swigging from a can of Estrella beer at his lockdown birthday party in June 2020, according to reports.
The Mirror claims an anonymous source told them about the alleged photo which reportedly shows chancellor Rishi Sunak next to him, having a soft drink, and that it is thought to have been taken by Johnson’s official taxpayer-funded photographer who was documenting the event.
The 'party' in question is the one that Downing Street admitted staff “gathered briefly” at while it was illegal to socialise indoors. It was a surprise birthday celebration organised by Carrie Johnson - but No. 10 said the PM only stayed for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, it is thought to be among 300 pictures submitted to the Metropolitan Police as evidence of by senior civil servant Sue Gray.
Asked about the reports of the PM’s birthday photo, No 10 told the Independent it could not comment while the Met Police’s investigation was ongoing.
The can of Estrella belonged to an aide. I was just holding it to make a toast to world peace.\n\nBesides, it couldn't have been mine as I lost the ability to digest beer some years ago. \n\nI stayed for 5 minutes then took Carrie to Pizza Express.\n\n#JohnsonOut11 \n#BorisJohnsonOut11pic.twitter.com/UUabSVIui2
— The Social Sciences \ud83d\udc99 \ud83d\ude37 (@The Social Sciences \ud83d\udc99 \ud83d\ude37)
It wasn\u2019t a premeditated organised party... in a sense he was ambushed by a can of Estrella.pic.twitter.com/pN6UUy7spd
Look, let's be clear. Boris Johnson could have been holding a can of Estrella while wandering around inside Number 10 looking for a business meeting that required Spanish lager to join. This doesn't mean there was any cake present, which is the important thing here.
When the sun shines we shine together\nTold u I be there forever\nSaid I always be your friend\nTook an oath stick it out till the end\nNow that its raining more than ever\nKnow that we still have each other\nI will lie about your Estrella\nI will lie about your Estrella\nElla ella eh ehpic.twitter.com/4UKwKlmj7y
There was no beer\nIt was within rules beer\nIt was work event beer\nNo-one told me it was beer\nI was ambushed by beer\nI\u2019ll sack person who gave me beerhttps://twitter.com/PippaCrerar/status/1489696594576486405\u00a0\u2026
Boris Johnson was 'ambushed' by birthday cake, didn't know he was at a party and accidentally held a beer.\n\nHow much longer will Tory MPs allow this farce to continue? He broke the rules. He lied. He misled Parliament. They must finally show him the door.https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/bombshell-picture-shows-boris-johnson-26144515\u00a0\u2026
So top news of the day: Boris Johnson drunk Estrella beer at his birthday party during lockdown.\n\nA Spanish beer . Spain a member state of the EU The Brexiters will never forgive him. Traitor
— \ud83c\udff3\u200d\ud83c\udf08 Frank \ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa (@\ud83c\udff3\u200d\ud83c\udf08 Frank \ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa)
Cue a barrage of MPs lining up to defend him by saying, "He was ambushed by a can of beer."\n\n#Partygate #BorisJohnson #JohnsonOut11 #ToriesOuthttps://twitter.com/PippaCrerar/status/1489696594576486405\u00a0\u2026
He didn't know it was his birthday party, even after blowing out the candles and grabbing a beer.https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/bombshell-picture-shows-boris-johnson-26144515\u00a0\u2026
— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan \ud83d\udc99 (@Dr Rosena Allin-Khan \ud83d\udc99)
Just when you think there\u2019s no more idiocy to be uncovered he surprises you. HE HAD A PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING PICTURES THE WHOLE TIME.https://twitter.com/PippaCrerar/status/1489696594576486405\u00a0\u2026