In a assertion, a Downing Street spokesperson mentioned: “A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes.”
Under Covid-19 restrictions at the time, indoor gatherings weren’t allowed, with folks permitted solely to satisfy outdoors in teams of as much as six folks.
CNN affiliate ITV reported Monday there have been two gatherings held to have fun Johnson’s birthday: one attended by as many as 30 folks held at the cupboard workplace the afternoon of June 19, and one other that night that was hosted at Johnson’s residence and attended by household pals.
According to ITV News, Johnson’s spouse, Carrie, organized the small gathering in the Cabinet Room. A supply who labored in Downing Street at the time has independently confirmed to CNN that the gathering befell on that day and that it was organized by Carrie, who led the singing of the comfortable birthday music.
CNN understands that the gathering was largely attended by what was deemed to be Johnson’s internal circle at the time.
Downing Street has denied that any guidelines had been breached by the night gathering, with a spokesperson saying: “This is totally untrue. In line with the rules at the time the Prime Minister hosted a small number of family members outside that evening.”
Johnson has been beneath stress for weeks over alleged summer time backyard events and Christmas gatherings held in Downing Street when the rest of the country was beneath strict Covid restrictions.
A report into the allegations, set to be launched this week, could possibly be the remaining straw for Johnson’s more and more mutinous occasion.
Johnson’s approval rankings are plunging and there seems to be a rising sense amongst some elements of his ruling Conservative Party that he’s changing into a legal responsibility. Two polls in the previous week recommended that as many as two-thirds of voters need him to resign.
Johnson was even compelled to apologize to the Queen after it emerged that a occasion was held in Downing Street the night time earlier than the funeral of Prince Philip. It was famous at the time that as a result of of Covid-19 restrictions, the Queen was compelled to mourn her husband at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle while sitting alone.