A new leaked email shows Downing Street staff were invited to a ‘bring-your-own-booze’ event in the Number 10 garden at the height of lockdown - “to make the most of the lovely weather”.
The email, obtained by ITV News, was sent by Boris Johnson’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds to more than 100 employees in May 2020 as the nation was stuck under unprecedented restrictions.
In it, he wrote: “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!”
A source also told The Independent there were “more parties” which would come to light if Sue Gray - the official currently investigating Downing Street gatherings during the pandemic - “gets the info she ought to get”.
However, they added that it was “deeply wrong” that officials would “get the blame” when their actions were sanctioned by the Prime Minister.
“He was there for them [parties]. He encouraged people to drink and drank himself. And it was a clear untruth for Number 10 to suggest that there was nothing that could be described as parties,” they said. “It was shocking that they even tried to claim that.”