/ 26 May 2022

Scathing report blames PM Johnson for COVID parties during lockdown

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is again facing calls to resign after a report into lockdown-breaching UK government parties found a “culture” of rule breaking started in the PM’s office. The report was conducted by senior civil servant Sue Gray and concluded that there’d been “failures of leadership and judgement in No 10 (Downing Street)”. Gray investigated 16 gatherings held in 2020 and 2021 at the PM’s official residence while the country was under strict lockdown that prevented people socialising with anyone outside their household. At one leaving event for an official in June 2020, Gray said there was “excessive alcohol consumption” which led to one person being sick and a fight between others. At another after the funeral for Prince Philip in April 2021, people partied into the early hours and broke a swing used by Johnson’s son. PM Johnson told Parliament he had “learned a lesson” from what had occurred but that it was now time to move on and focus on the government’s priorities. 

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