Dominic Cummings claims there could be MORE photos of Boris partying in lockdown
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future is looking increasingly in doubt as Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross calls for him to resign. Mr Ross joins Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in branding the Prime Minister’s position untenable after he admitted to attending a Downing Street garden drinks party during England’s first national lockdown. Mr Ross told Sky News: “Regrettably, I have to say his position is no longer tenable. I spoke to the PM this afternoon and I set out my reasons and I explained to him my position.”
The Government has faced multiple accusations for breaking Covid rules, and former adviser Dominic Cummings has claimed in a recent blog post that rules may have been broken on November 13, 2020.
That night, Mr Cummings was pictured walking out of Number 10 clutching a box full of his belongings.
He had been ordered to leave Government, with sources claiming Mr Johnson had made the decision because he believed Mr Cummings was briefing against him.
In his blog post published last week, Mr Cummings claims he was told a party was held in Mr Johnson’s flat that night.
He wrote: “I was told at the time that there was a party in the PM’s flat the night I left and staff in the press office said they could hear the music playing loudly in the press office below (the press office is directly below the flat).”
He also claimed there were murmurings of even more parties after he had left.
Mr Cummings wrote that officials told him photos of these parties exist, and some of them show the Prime Minister present.
He said: “Officials I spoke to in 2021 said to me and others that there were various parties after I left and the PM was aware of them. I have also been told there are other photos of other parties against the rules in 2021, some picturing the PM.”
Sue Gray is heading an inquiry into suspected Downing Street parties during lockdown.
The inquiry, which was launched last month by the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, was primarily asked to look into claims that staff at No 10 held a party on December 18, 2020, when London was subject to severe restrictions.
It will now also include the “bring your own booze” event on May 20 that year and a gathering with wine and cheese in the same Downing Street garden five days earlier, pictured by The Guardian.
Mr Cummings thinks details of an alleged party on November 13, 2020, could come out in the inquiry.
Mr Cummings added in his blog: “If Sue Gray asks people who were there and they trust that the PM will never know they gave evidence to this effect, then probably some of them will tell her this.
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“There was a small report at the time but obviously a) much of the lobby were ecstatic I had left and b) much of the lobby were getting many stories directly from the flat, outside proper channels (one of many sources of contention between the PM and me), therefore the story was buried.
“Officials I spoke to in 2021 said to me and others that there were various parties after I left and the PM was aware of them. I have also been told there are other photos of other parties against the rules in 2021, some picturing the PM.”
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