News of the birthday party will be released this week, with an official report on Downing Street parties during the COVID-19 lockdown.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure as his office admits to attending another Downing Street gathering to mark his 2020 birthday.
According to ITV News, the birthday celebration, which took place on the afternoon of June 19, was organised by Johnson’s wife, who brought a piece of cake.
About 30 people attended the event, the broadcaster said, including Lulu Lytle, the interior designer responsible for the controversial renovation of Johnson’s flat, who was not on staff. The party, including a band singing Happy Birthday to Johnson, lasted 20 to 30 minutes.
“A group of staff working on the 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after the meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes,” Downing Street said in a statement responding to the report.
ITV and The Independent also reported that a group of family and friends also celebrated at Johnson’s flat later that evening.
“This is totally untrue,” the prime minister’s office said.
Johnson already faces a series of charges Sometimes “drunk” parties Held during the 2020 and 2021 lockdowns, in breach of the government’s own pandemic rules. An official inquiry into the incidents, which have sparked widespread public outrage in the country with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe, is due to be released this week.
Can a cake hold a party?
Does singing happy birthday count as a party?
For many, the point is… it’s more of a party than millions have, including many who sadly won’t see another birthday.
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) January 24, 2022
“Johnson has completely lost his authority,” Nick Timothy wrote in the right-wing Daily Telegraph. Timothy was the Downing Street office chief in Johnson’s Conservative predecessor Theresa May’s government.
“The collapse of Johnson’s authority is causing widespread political failure and creating further danger for the Conservative Party,” he said. “Johnson is no longer popular, he is no longer strong.”
Johnson’s government, 57, has been shamed by a series of controversies, including Lytle’s expensive renovation of Downing Street apartments, and ongoing allegations of corruption by ministers under him.
Nusrat Ghani, who lost his job as junior transport minister in February 2020, told The Sunday Times that she had been told by “the whip” – the enforcer of parliamentary discipline – that Johnson also faced New allegations of Islamophobia in the party. she”Muslim‘ was raised as an issue when she was fired.
The Conservatives won the 2019 election by a wide margin, but the latest opinion polls show the opposition Labour Party now has more support.