Downing Street party host still in job as No10 refuses to say PM followed rules

A senior official who invited more than 100 staff to a Downing Street drinks during the first lockdown retains the confidence of Boris Johnson, No10 say

Boris Johnson and his principal private secretary Martin Reynolds
Boris Johnson and his principal private secretary Martin Reynolds

One of Boris Johnson’s top aides who invited more than 100 people to a lockdown drinks party remains in his job, Downing Street has said.

Martin Reynolds, the Prime Minister’s principal private secretary, “continues in his role” and has the full confidence of Boris Johnson, according to the Prime Minister’s official spokesman.

No 10 was plunged into fresh chaos when fresh allegations emerged that a drinks party was held in the Downing Street garden on May 20 2020.

A leaked email from Mr Reynolds to staff, published by ITV, said: “Hi all, after what has been an incredibly busy period we thought it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening.

“Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

Boris Johnson has refused to answer questions on whether he attended a drinks party in the No10 garden



Multiple reports have said Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie also attended the event, which took place when outdoor gatherings were banned under Covid rules.

Asked if Mr Johnson followed Covid rules at all times, the PM’s official spokesman said: “I don’t have anything to add beyond that the Prime Minister’s made that clear previously.

“I just point you to his previous words.”

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