London police say they are in contact with the government after alleged violations of health protection laws.
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is under fresh investigation after reports that more than 100 members of his staff were invited to a garden party at his official residence at the height of the 2020 restriction.
The news is the latest in a series of alleged rallies held over the past two years by government officials who have broken their own pandemic rules.
The alleged incident on May 20 last year, which Johnson allegedly attended, was first reported by British broadcaster ITV on Monday.
An invitation to the party was sent by e-mail to Martin Reynolds, Johnson’s general secretary, to employees in Downing Street, reports ITV.
“After what’s been an incredibly busy period, it’s going to be fun to make the most of the glorious weather and have a few social drinks in the No10 garden tonight,” Reynolds said in the leaked message, released by ITV has been seen. “Please join us from 6pm and bring your own drink!”
The London Metropolitan Police Service said on Monday it was in contact with the cabinet office after “widespread reporting” of breaches of health protection laws in Downing Street.
About 40 people attended the party, including Johnson’s wife, Carrie, ITV reported.
At that time, schools were closed to most pupils, bars and restaurants were closed, and there was strict control over social mixing. Two people from different households were allowed to meet outside, but only if they maintained a distance of 2 meters (6.5 feet).
“Invite to do what you love”
All of the UK’s leading newspapers – with the exception of the popular tabloid The Sun – led the story on their front pages on Tuesday.
“Invite to do what you love” was the headline of The Mirror, while The Daily Mail ran with “Boris Rocked By New Party Revelations”.
The media madness will hope pressure on Johnson, whose premiership has been tainted by several recent controversies, to explain his own role in the event.
The main opposition Labor Party has accused him of “disrespecting the rules he puts in place for the rest of us”, while the Scottish National Party’s email sent by Reynolds is “completely outrageous”. ”.
Johnson’s office declined to comment on the ITV report.
Sue Gray, a government official, is investigating allegations by at least five parties held in government departments last year during restraining orders.
The allegations upset voters who have been told by the government to adhere cautiously to social distancing measures.
Johnson’s Conservatives lost their lead in Labor polls and suffered last month a defeat in the election in a historic fortress.
Meanwhile, the UK’s official death toll from the pandemic stay up as infections increase, rising above the 150,000 mark on Saturday to make it the second highest in Europe, behind only that of Russia.