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‘Two more lockdown parties’ at Downing Street on day before Prince Phillip funeral – reports



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wo more parties were held at Downing Street the night before Prince Phillip’s funeral, according to reports.

The gatherings on April 16 last year were two separate leaving drinks for departing staff, which combined into one event as the evening went on, reported the Telegraph.

The events, said to have been attended by around 30 people in total, would have taken place just a day before the Queen was forced to sit alone at Prince Phillip’s funeral because of strict Covid rules.

The events are said to have merged into one in the Downing Street garden as the evening went on.

The latest claims will heap further pressure on the Prime Minister, who was at Chequers at the time, over whether those at the heart of government followed the rules at all times.

Mr Johnson admitted on Wednesday that he personally attended a Downing Street party for 25 minutes in May 2020, when the country was under strict national lockdown.

A senior civil servant, Sue Gray, has been tasked with investigating alleged parties at No 10, but it is unclear when the investigation will conclude.



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