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The Prime Minister admitted this week that he attended a large gathering in Garden No 10 in May 2020

In an apology released this week, the prime minister said he believed he was attending a work event. But the pressure on Mr Johnson mounted on the Friday afterwards Reports have surfaced of two new parties being held at Number 10 in April 2021.

Boris Johnson has already faced calls for his resignation after admitting he attended a large gathering in Downing Street’s garden while the rest of the country was under lockdown restrictions in May 2020.

They were held just hours before the Queen sat alone at her husband Prince Philip’s funeral due to social distancing measures in place at the time.

Here, I is dealing with all allegations of breaking lockdown rules faced by the government.

Mr Johnson was pictured seated with around 20 officials and Tory aides with food and drink in the No 10 Garden.

Sources say he told a staff member that they deserved a drink to “fight back” the coronavirus as about 20 staff members were drinking alcohol and eating pizza.

Covid-19 restrictions at the time allowed the public to meet with only one other person from another household in an outdoor public place, two meters apart.

On May 20, the Prime Minister’s private secretary invited about 100 people to gather for some “socially distanced drinks” after work in No 10 Garden to “make the most of the nice weather”.

He instructed them to be “BYOB” — bring your own alcohol. Guests started arriving from 6pm, many grabbing their own drinks from a trip to the Westminster Tesco Express – as the email invitation had suggested – and mingling late into the night.

The Prime Minister has admitted to attending the party with 30 to 40 guests. Mr Johnson claimed he mistook the gathering for a work event and said he only stayed 25 minutes.

The garden was reportedly left in such a state of disrepair that Downing Street cleaners lodged a complaint.

Former chief adviser to the Prime Minister Dominic Cummings claims Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie threw a party at their Downing Street flat.

The alleged event came just over a week after the UK’s second national lockdown, which came into effect on November 5 and was lifted on December 2 when England entered the animal restrictions scheme.

During this time, non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues, as well as pubs, bars and restaurants, have been closed and people have been asked to stay at home except for limited reasons, including work when not able to do so from home.

Mr Johnson has denied a party was held at his home on November 13 and a spokesman said the allegation was “total nonsense”.

The Prime Minister is said to have delivered a speech at a farewell party for senior adviser Cleo Watson at No10 while the national lockdown was still in effect.

When asked about this by journalists, the Prime Minister said Downing Street staff “work extremely hard” and “according to highly respected officials and special advisers with whom I spoke about what happened in the events you describe, there was no rules broken”.

He added: “The guidelines and the rules were followed at all times.”

The Prime Minister was pictured on December 15 as the quizmaster of a virtual Christmas Quiz No.10. While many of the attendees joined via Zoom, the PM was pictured sitting between two colleagues and the sunday mirror reported that the employees “crowded around computers, discussed questions and drank soda, wine and beer”.

At that time, Tier 2 restrictions still applied. Downing Street has claimed the quiz is remote controlled.

Between 40 and 50 people are said to have attended a Christmas party in Downing Street three days after the quiz.

No 10 officials were filmed joking about the party at a mock press conference, leading to the resignation of Allegra Stratton, the press secretary at the time, from her government role.

Two farewell parties were held at #10 on April 16, 2021 – one for the then Director of Communications (and now Deputy Editor of The sun) James Slack and one for the Prime Minister’s personal photographer. They later formed a congregation.

One employee reportedly hung up while another was sent off with a suitcase to buy wine. The Prime Minister was not at Downing Street on the day of the events.

At that time it was forbidden to socialize with people outside of your household or bubble indoors.

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