Outraged Brits have shared emotional images of what they were doing as Boris Johnson, his then fiancee Carrie, and their chums enjoyed drinks, crisps, sausage rolls and other picnic food together
Angry Brits who adhered to strict Covid rules in 2020 have shared images of what they were doing on the day Downing Street allegedly threw a ‘bring your own booze’ party.
A shocking email has emerged showing the Prime Minister’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, inviting more than 100 staff to a garden party at No 10.
The message suggested they should “make the most of the lovely weather ” – even though the rest of the country was banned from meeting more than one person outdoors.
Outraged Brits have taken to Twitter to share emotional images of what they were doing as Mr Johnson, his then fiancee Carrie and his chums enjoyed drinks, crisps, sausage rolls and other picnic food.
Just five days after the outdoor gathering on May 20, Boris Johnson said police should intervene to stop outdoor gatherings.
Met Police officers were sent out to patrol London parks for groups of more than two people, while in Edinburgh a large group of swimmers were broken up.
Hugh Palmer shared an image of his late mum saying he had to see her behind a window as the alleged party took place.
She sadly died in August.
He tweeted: “May 2020. I had to talk to my mum through a window. She had cut her own hair as she couldn’t even see a hairdresser.
“She died that August. Meanwhile, they were having a party for 100 people at 10 Downing Street. She was a good person. Shame on you.”
Dr Samantha Haley-Horsfall a NHS frontline worker, tweeted an image of her head to toe in PPE saying she went on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
She said: “May 2020. Nine weeks away from home. Trying to save lives. And they partied??I Baked in these suits.
“I wept. I was isolated. We rationed PPE. We watched people die. I developed PTSD. We couldn’t even get a second phone line for the ward. AND THEY PARTIED????”
Another Twitter user Alison Phipps shared a touching image of a message chalked onto the pavement to pair of great-grandparents.
She tweeted: “May 20 2020 – out of our minds with worry about frail Great Grandparents, separated from each other by care home Covid catastrophe.
“Chalking as much love as we could to be seen through flat windows ….. letting 19-month-old touch a hand resting on a window pane. The longing…”
While Emma Brown tweeted a heart-breaking image of her children hugging their grandparents with plastic shielding between them.
“May 2020 this was what we had to do because my kids where desperate to hug their grandparents,” she wrote.
Whitehall enforcer Sue Gray is leading the probe into a series of rule-busting parties at No 10 and across Government after explosive revelations first reported by the Daily Mirror.
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Sources now expect Ms Gray will have to interview the Prime Minister himself – as he was said to have been present at four of the events she is looking into.
The Met Police have insisted that they do not investigate Covid breaches retrospectively and have refused to look into alleged previous breaches – in one case saying there was “no evidence” to launch a probe.
Labour MP Neil Coyle said: “The Met cannot keep ignoring the Downing Street transgressions any longer. Whilst most of us adapted to restrictions under the pandemic, there was endemic rule breaking at the very top of this Government and prosecutions must follow.”
Regarding allegations about a party on May 20, a Met Police spokesperson said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on 20 May 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.