Downing Street staff were reportedly holding drinks on Friday nights during the pandemic, with Boris Johnson regularly seeing them doing so.
The Prime Minister encouraged aid workers to “let off steam” despite having banned indoor socializing during lockdown. The mirror reported a source.
The newspaper said “wine time Fridays” became such a fixture by the end of the week that staff bought a £142 drinks fridge and took a suitcase to a nearby Tesco to stock up on wine and beer.
The fridge was reportedly delivered on December 11, 2020, when regulations prohibited two or more people from different households from meeting indoors unless it was necessary for work.
Downing Street apologized to Buckingham Palace on Friday after reports that staff attended two different parties the night before Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
Officials have refused to confirm or deny whether Boris Johnson knew of the two parties after admitting attending a previous drinks party and being pictured at a second.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “It is deeply regrettable that this has come at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologized to the Palace.”
Around 50 Downing Street employees had therefore scheduled the hours between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in their electronic calendars for “wine time Fridays” every week The mirror.
The newspaper said the drinks were organized by Press Office No. 10, but advisers from other parts of the building would also be in attendance. The Prime Minister’s defense adviser at the time, Captain Steve Higham, reportedly showed up regularly.
A No. 10 spokesman said: “There is an ongoing investigation to establish the facts of the nature of gatherings, including attendance, setting and purpose in relation to compliance with guidance at the time. The results will be published in due course.”
Allegations by parties in Westminster during lockdown are being investigated by Sue Gray, a senior official.
She is expected to present her findings to Mr Johnson next week. He has announced that he will publish the report and make a statement in the House of Commons.
sources have said LatestPageNews that the prime minister is preparing a list of officials offering to resign after the report’s release in order to protect his own position.
He is believed to have added to the list Dan Rosenfield, his chief of staff, and Martin Reynolds, the officer who organized the party Mr Johnson attended.
The plan is called “Operation Save Big Dog,” a name allegedly chosen by Mr Johnson.
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