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Drinks events have been “a weekly event at Downing Street throughout the pandemic”.

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Boris Johnson is accused of often attending the events and encouraging staff to “let off steam”, according to a report.

The mirror reported claims that Boris Johnson often attended the events and encouraged staff to “let off steam”.

Drinks events have been held weekly at No10 throughout the pandemic, with staff regularly hosting “wine time on Fridays”, according to a newspaper report.

This comes despite Covid-19 restrictions, which imposed strict rules on people meeting indoors during much of the pandemic.

Staff bought a £142 drinks fridge to keep bottles cool around the office, the newspaper reported.

No10 did not deny the allegations but referred to Sue Gray’s inquiry into Downing Street parties and said their findings would be made public in due course.

A spokesman for No10 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 released in due course.”

The allegation comes after it emerged that a suitcase allegedly used to bring wine to a Downing Street party had been used for such purposes at least since David Cameron’s tenure at No 10.

A former No10 adviser told 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.”

The bag was reportedly used for a farewell drinks event held in April for James Slack, the Prime Minister’s former communications director.

It was one of two events held the day before Prince Philip’s funeral at No 10 – where the Queen was forced to mourn alone.

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 reportedly drinking and dancing, sources say.

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