A new report of a party at the Prime Minister’s residence puts pressure on Boris Johnson. The newspaper The telegraph of the day reports that another party was said to have taken place on the eve of the funeral of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. It is the first party of confinement at the seat of government dating from 2021 that is made known. So far, several celebrations in May and December 2020 had gone public. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already massively criticized for these alleged evenings of confinement in his official residence.
the The telegraph of the day reports that a total of around 30 Johnson employees attended the April party. We were drinking alcohol and people were dancing. As of mid-April 2021, however, strict distance rules applied, members of different households were not allowed to meet in closed rooms. Even though Johnson himself did not attend the party on April 16, 2021, and was also not present at Downing Street, he will be held responsible for the behavior of his employees.
The particular explosiveness of the report results from the time of the festival. It would have taken place on April 16, the day before Prince Philip’s funeral. Due to applicable Corona regulations, the Queen had to sit on her own in the chapel of her Windsor residence during the funeral service when her husband, to whom she had been married for over 73 years, was buried there. The photo of the lonely Queen was one of the defining impressions of the pandemic and touched the hearts of millions of Britons.
Even members of his own party are now calling for Johnson’s resignation
The indignation is now all the greater. “While she was in mourning, Number 10 celebrated,” said Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey. “I have no words to describe the culture and behavior of No 10,” said deputy leader of the largest opposition party, Labor, Angela Rayner. The fish stinks from the head.
Johnson apologized to Parliament on Wednesday for the impression that those who set the corona rules are not sticking to them. He admitted to being present in the garden for 25 minutes during the celebration of May 20, 2020. According to his impression, it was a working meeting. In retrospect, Johnson said he was wrong. However, he requested that the result of an ongoing internal investigation be awaited before any conclusions can be drawn. The opposition is already calling for his resignation.
Several MPs from Johnson’s Conservative Party have also called on the PM to step down. Due to the proximity of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which is extremely popular with the public, the now-famous celebrations are particularly dangerous for Johnson. Downing Street did not deny the parties, as reported by the BBC.
Reviewers rated the article in Telegraph, which is actually considered Johnson’s household newspaper and for which the 57-year-old himself has worked before, as part of the power struggle for the Prime Minister’s future. Johnson has been trying with all his might for days to rally supporters. If 15% of the 360 conservative deputies vote against the Prime Minister, the parliamentary group will vote of no confidence.