Former adviser to UK Prime Minister says Johnson knows about lockdown party

LONDON (Reuters) – A former senior British adviser Boris Johnson said on Monday he was willing to “swear” that the prime minister knew a party was being held at his residence during the COVID-19 lockdown. , accusing him of lying to Congress.

British media have reported that at least 11 gatherings took place at 10 Downing Street – the official residence and office of the prime minister – or at other government offices between May 2020 and April 2020. 2021, when COVID-19 rules limit the number of people who can meet socially. An internal investigation is being carried out to determine the truth.

Johnson last week apologized to parliament for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in the gardens of Downing Street on May 20, 2020, but said he didn’t think it was an event. Work.

Dominic Cummings, architect of Britain’s departure from the European Union and former senior adviser to Johnson, who left government on strict terms in November 2020, said on Twitter that the prime minister agreed that the drink party should proceed.

“Not only me but other witnesses who discussed this at the time would swear that this is what happened,” he said on his blog.

Last week ITV News posted an invitation email from Johnson’s Chief Private Secretary Martin Reynolds to a May 20, 2020 event, asking attendees to “bring your own wine”.

Cummings said that after Reynolds was asked by at least two people to cancel the invitation, Reynolds checked with Johnson whether to proceed.

“The Prime Minister agreed it should happen,” Cummings said on his blog.

A spokesman for Johnson denied earlier on Monday that the prime minister had been briefed on the May 20 event.

The spokesman said: “It is not correct to say that the prime minister was informed or forewarned about it.

(Reporting by Kate Holton, Kylie MacLellan and William James; Editing by Toby Chopra) Former adviser to UK Prime Minister says Johnson knows about lockdown party

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