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Grieving MPs in tears as they demand answers over No 10 ‘lockdown party’ as Boris Johnson dodges Commons grilling


GRIEVING MPs broke down in tears today as they let rip at fresh claims Boris Johnson attended a lockdown-busting booze bash at No10.

The PM dodged a fiery Commons grilling this afternoon where angry MPs demanded he resign over the latest allegation of rule-breaking.

Boris Johnson last answered questions yesterday on a visit to a vaccination centre

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Boris Johnson last answered questions yesterday on a visit to a vaccination centreCredit: Getty
Michael Ellis was sent out to defend the PM

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Michael Ellis was sent out to defend the PMCredit: AFP

Minister Michael Ellis, who was sent in his place, insisted the PM was “going nowhere” as he fielded awkward questions about the “bring you own booze” gathering.

The PM and Carrie reportedly attended the “socially distanced drinks” organised by top No10 official Martin Reynolds on May 20, 2020.

Just minutes before the 6pm gathering Brits had been told at a press conference to follow the rules by limiting outdoor gatherings to two people.

In a highly-charged Commons debate MPs scolded Mr Johnson for refusing to answer questions himself – and slammed him in his absence.

DUP MP Jim Shannon wept as he spoke of his late mother-in-law who “died alone” from Covid.

Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, spoke of marking a “solemn Eid” at the time of the alleged Downing Street parties – as his “lovely mum” died of Covid in March 2020.

He said: “She died alone in hospital while I sat in the car outside, trying to be as close to her as I could.”

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson’s no-show “speaks volumes” and branded it “incredibly disappointing”.

Mr Ellis, the Paymaster General, was jeered as he was wheeled out on his behalf – with shouts of “where’s the prime minister” from opposition MPs.

But he refused to get into the details of the party because it’s being probed by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

Scotland Yard have also made contact with the Cabinet Office opening the possibility of a police investigation.

But dismissing demands for the Mr Johnson to quit, Mr Ellis shot back: “The Prime Minister is going nowhere.

“The Prime Minister retains the confidence of the people of this country and he did so two years ago with the biggest majority in decades.”

Downing St was last night in crisis as a bombshell email emerged of Mr Reynolds inviting more than 100 No10 staff to after-work drinks.

The PM’s spokesman this morning refused to say whether Mr Johnson had broken the law, but pointed to previous remarks claiming his innocence.

Yesterday Mr Johnson declined to comment whether he had attended the May 20 drinks.

Labour MPs let rip in the Commons chamber this lunchtime after the Speaker agreed Mr Johnson had questions to answer and allowed time for a debate.

Former Labour Minister Dame Angela Eagle said: “The Prime Minister should come here now, fess up and tell us what happened.”

The latest allegations of rule-breaking come after several other claims of Downing St parties that breached Covid regulations.

Frustrated Conservative MP Sir Christopher Chope fumed: “Why can’t all the dirty linen be washed at once? Why are we getting this drip, drip feed of parties?

“Surely the Civil Service must have known that there was a party on May 20 and they should have referred it already to the inquiry?”

The email sent to No10 staff by official Martin Reynolds

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The email sent to No10 staff by official Martin Reynolds
Boris Johnson refuses to confirm if he attended No10 lockdown party on May 20 2020





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