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Boris Johnson pulls out of visit as family member tests positive for Covid


Downing Street confirmed the PM would not go ahead with a scheduled trip to Lancashire – when he was due to speak to the media

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Boris Johnson apologises for attending lockdown party

Boris Johnson has pulled out of a planned visit to Lancashire as a family member has tested positive for Covid.

Downing Street confirmed the Prime Minister would not go ahead with a scheduled visit to a vaccine centre in Burnley.

The under-fire PM had been due to speak to media on the trip.

A No10 spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister will no longer be visiting Lancashire today due to a family member testing positive for coronavirus.

“He will follow the guidance for vaccinated close contacts, including daily testing and limiting contact with others.”







Boris Johnson issued an apology on Wednesday over the garden party that was hosted at Downing Street in May 2020
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Mr Johnson does not have to self-isolate as he is double-vaccinated.

It comes as the Prime Minister was battling for his political future after admitting he attended a lockdown booze-up in the Downing Street garden.

Mr Johnson is facing calls to quit from his own MPs, with a damaging rift opening up with the Scottish Conservatives when leader Douglas Ross said his position was “no longer tenable”.

He apologised in Parliament for spending 25 minutes with staff in the No 10 garden on May 20 2020 at an event attended by around 40 people.

Mr Johnson claimed he thought the “BYOB” drinks was a work event – but admitted “with hindsight I should have sent them back indoors”.

But he was reportedly less apologetic with Tory MPs in the tearoom afterwards.

The PM told colleagues that “we have taken a lot of hits in politics and this is one of them”, according to The Times.

He added: “Sometimes we take the credit for things we don’t deserve and this time we’re taking hits for something we don’t deserve.”







Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie were among attendees at a Downing Street drinks party in the first lockdown
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Top civil servant Sue Gray is investigating the event as part of her inquiry into allegations of rule-breaking parties in Downing Street.

Her report is not expected to come until next week at the earliest.

She is understood to be probing at least six events, including four events first revealed by the Mirror – three in Downing Street and one at the Department for Education.

Bereaved relatives who did not get to say goodbye to loved ones felt “appalled, horrified and re-traumatised” by the revelations, Labour has said.

Shadow housing secretary Lisa Nandy told Good Morning Britain: “We’ve got a Prime Minister who has lied to the country.

“My inbox is full of stories of people who lost loved ones, who weren’t able to say goodbye, absolutely heart-breaking stories about what was happening to them on the day that this party took place.

“They are appalled, horrified and re-traumatised about the fact that we’ve got a Prime Minister who is still refusing to come clean about what other parties he attended, what parties the members of his cabinet attended, and how it could have been that we could have had senior ministers and the Prime Minister telling us about the impact that this (the pandemic) was having on the country, that we all must continue to do what they were telling us to do, and yet they weren’t doing it themselves.

“He’s taking the public for fools and he’s got to go.”

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