In a vehement attack, Shadow Attorneys General accused the Prime Minister of policing a Downing Street “culture” that allowed gatherings even though the country was in lockdown
In a scathing attack, Labor’s Attorney General accused the Prime Minister of overseeing a “culture” that allowed boisterous Downing Street gatherings despite the country’s lockdown.
Emily Thornberry has urged Boris Johnson to step down and apologize to the Queen after reports of parties taking place the night before Prince Philip’s funeral at No 10.
Ms Thornberry spoke out after reports that Downing Street staff danced into the wee hours and drank alcohol at two parties the night before Prince Philip’s socially distanced funeral.
Hours before the Queen was pictured alone during service at St George’s Chapel on April 17, advisers and officials gathered for two farewell events for colleagues The Telegraph.
A staff member was allegedly sent off with a suitcase to buy wine at a beachside supermarket near Charing Cross train station.
Ms Thornberry told Sky News: “We are waiting for the Prime Minister to look into his heart and soul and decide whether or not he has a bit of human decency.
“Because if he does that, he will resign. How the hell can he expect to go back in front of Her Majesty at a weekly audience and look her in the eye and pretend everything’s fine?
“The only thing she should say to Her Majesty is, ‘I am deeply sorry and resign’.”
At that time, indoor socializing with people outside of your household or bubble was forbidden. Even after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9, the country found itself in national mourning.
The Prime Minister was not at Downing Street at the time of the event.
It’s the first allegation by a No10 party in 2021 and comes as Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen joined calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation after admitting he attended a garden party in Downing Street’s garden in May 2020 .
Mr Bridgen filed a letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson on Thursday night, saying there was “still time to do the right thing”.
Ms Thornberry added: “We would not have seen these parties, not just one party but two parties in one evening, if they really thought the PM would disagree.
“The point is that the culture has been set by the Prime Minister and is his responsibility. The only thing you heard from 10 Downing Street is that the Prime Minister wasn’t there. So what.
“They had DJs in the basement, there were grown men playing on swings, they sent suitcases for more alcohol the night before Her Majesty did the right thing and had a funeral with very few people where she was completely alone for that said the rules.”
The two farewell events in April 2021 were for James Slack, Mr Johnson’s communications director, and one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers. The Telegraph reported.
The two gatherings reportedly took place in different parts of the complex before merging over the course of the night.
Shelley Williams-Walker, Mr Johnson’s operations manager, was reportedly responsible for the music. She was nicknamed “DJ SWW” because of her initials, a partygoer told the newspaper.
Mr. Slack, now deputy editor of The sun, This morning he offered his “unreserved” apology for the “hurt and anger” caused by the event.
According to sources speaking to the newspaper, the parties saw dancing and binge drinking and ran into the early hours.
Around midnight, the party moved to Downing Street’s garden for Mr Johnson’s photographers, fearing guests would spill too much wine onto the basement carpet while dancing.
According to the report, the two parties merged in the garden. A staff member was playing on a swing that belonged to the Prime Minister’s young son and broke it.