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Staff used suitcases to quietly bring alcohol to Downing Street ahead of the James Slack party ‘for years’

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A former No. 10 aide told me the suitcase was used to transport booze on a weekly basis as it was “the most convenient way to roll everything back” without the clinking of tote bags

According to The TelegraphLeaving drinks for James Slack, Boris Johnson’s former communications director, was one of two events held at No 10 the day before Prince Philip’s funeral – at which the Queen was forced to mourn alone.

A suitcase said to have been used to bring wine to a Downing Street party has been used for such purposes since at least David Cameron’s tenure, a former Number 10 adviser has said I.

Another party was organized for a second employee who also left. Both groups later reunited on the night of April 16, 2021, with around 30 employees drinking and dancing.

On one occasion, in Garden No 10, revelers attempted to use a swing which belonged to Mr Johnson’s son Wilf and broke it. The Telegraph reported.

It added that some attendees wheeled a suitcase from Downing Street to the nearby Co-op to fill with bottles of wine.

A former Advisor #10 shared I The suitcase had been lying around Downing Street for several years.

“Friday night is always press office drinks, people put money in and someone gets nominated to get the liquor,” they said.

“The suitcase is the most convenient way to roll everything back instead of banging in some tote bags.”

I also understands that a farewell video including a clip of former Prime Minister Theresa May was played at Mr Slack’s event.

A prepared clip was shown to those attending the farewell drinks of James Slack, former communications director for Boris Johnson, which took place during the lockdown in April last year.

Sources said a clip of Ms May was part of a montage of people being filmed. In the video, she wished Mr. Slack the best of luck in his future career.

Another man thanked Mr. Slack for “get[ting] Brexit done,” sources said.

There is nothing to indicate that the former prime minister knew the video would be played at an alcohol party.

Your office was contacted for comment but did not respond.

The day after the events, the Queen attended the funeral of her husband Philip, in accordance with Covid restrictions, wearing a face mask and socially distancing from her family at Windsor Castle.

Mr Johnson was at his Checkers country estate over the weekend in question and had not been invited to the events.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister confirmed that No 10 has apologized to the Palace.

The spokesman said: “It is deeply regrettable that this has come at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologized to the Palace.

“You heard from the Prime Minister this week, he recognized that No 10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for things that we haven’t done right.”

Mr Slack apologized on Friday morning for the “anger and pain” his farewell party had caused.

Mr. Slack, who is now deputy editor of The sun newspaper, said he took “full responsibility” and was “deeply sorry”.

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