There may be renewed strain on Britain’s beleaguered Prime Minister Boris Johnson amid extra claims that his Downing Road employees held events whereas the nation was in lockdown throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The Each day Telegraph claims that two leaving events have been held for employees on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021.
On the next day, pictures of Queen Elizabeth sitting masked and alone in church according to COVID-19 restrictions have been a stark image of the rigorous measures imposed throughout the UK. The nation was additionally in a interval of nationwide mourning.
But the night time earlier than, Downing Road employees gathered for 2 leaving occasions to mark the departure of two members of Boris Johnson’s workforce, based on the Telegraph: his director of communication and certainly one of his private photographers.
The paper says witnesses advised it that the occasions carried on into the early hours and concerned ingesting and dancing.
These new accusations — which haven’t been denied by Downing Road — come at a second the place the prime minister is battling to stay in his submit.
Earlier this week Boris Johnson apologised earlier than parliament over one other social gathering throughout lockdown — one which he attended — which did not persuade critics. There have been many requires his resignation, together with from inside his personal ruling Conservative Celebration.
Senior British authorities ministers on Thursday expressed help for Boris Johnson and rejected calls for he resign. They’ve urged individuals to order judgement pending the result of an inside inquiry held by a senior civil servant.
Many different Tories held their tongues, ready to see whether or not the disaster threatening his premiership will fade or intensify.
However a cut up has emerged between the Scottish Conservative Celebration, and the social gathering at Westminster. Douglas Ross, the social gathering chief in Scotland, stated Johnson’s place “is now not tenable”, and has been backed by different Scottish Tory MPs.
His remark prompted a putdown from the Jacob Rees-Mogg, Chief of the Home of Commons, who known as Ross a “light-weight” — prompting outrage among the many social gathering in Scotland.