British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologised over a party held at No 10 Downing Street during the first coronavirus lockdown.
Euronews reports that in the UK there was both public and political fury over the allegations that the Johnson and his staff defied lockdown restrictions by having a party in May 2020. Some 30-40 people are said to have attended.
It’s alleged that while socializing was forbidden, the PM and his wife, along with scores of staff, attended the event in the garden at Downing Street.
Johnson said, “I want to apologise,” to MPs. He added with regard to public anger, “I know the rage they feel with me and with the government I lead, when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules.” He claimed, however, that he thought the drinks party was a work event. Johnson had previously constantly denied before parliament that lockdown guidelines had been violated by his staff.
Opposition Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has called on Johnson to “do the decent thing, and resign”, saying the prime minister’s response was “offensive to the British public”.
Meanwhile, a senior civil servant was investigating reports of several social events having been held by Johnsons staff during the lockdowns.
Euronews reports that a social media post by the Metropolitan Police on the day of the party informed people that they could be outside, provided they were “on your own / with people you live with / just you and one other person”.