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'No10 has shown scorn and offended Queen with party on eve of Prince Philip's funeral'


Downing Street has apologised to the Palace thereby admitting a party took place that was likely to have breached lockdown regulations. At least five other potentially illegal ­gatherings were held in No10

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While the Queen was in mourning, Downing Street staff were carting in suitcases of booze to fuel their party lifestyle.

The fact they were celebrating while Covid restrictions were in force is bad enough.

To do so on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral is unthinkingly offensive.

This was not a one-off event. We learn there were weekly Friday evening drinks in No10 and an apparently rolling series of parties, some of which were attended by the Prime Minister.

At the same time ministers lectured us on the importance of following rules which they themselves were breaking.

Downing Street has apologised to the Palace thereby admitting a party took place that was likely to have breached lockdown regulations.

At least five other potentially illegal ­gatherings were held in No10 but the Metropolitan Police is still refusing to investigate.

Given Downing Street is littered with ­security cameras, at the very least they could ask to see the CCTV footage.

This week Boris Johnson has insulted the public with his hollow apology, offended the Queen and traduced the PM’s office.

Has there ever been an occupant of No10 who has been so unworthy of office?







The Queen sat alone at Prince Philip’s funeral
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