Boris Johnson hosted Champagne reception for Tory donors at Claridge’s and ‘joked about Partygate’


Just hours before the drastic new cost-of-living bills came into place for Britons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted a luxurious champagne and canapes do and joked about Partygate, a report has claimed.

On Thursday night, Johnson and fellow Cabinet ministers went to Claridge’s in London’s Mayfair to ‘schmooze’ Tory donors, ahead of the life-changing rise in costs for bills and council tax for the people of the UK.

Households are suffering a huge hit on living standards as the price of gas and electricity soars by 54 per cent this morning, as regulator Ofgem raises the price cap for an average home to £1,971 from £1,277. Experts predict it will be around £2,700-a-year from October.

All the while Mr Johnson was wooing wealthy backers, with his aim to get cash for the Conservative’s marginal seats funds.

He also was said to have ‘laughed off’ the ongoing Partygate investigations by the Metropolitan Police, telling guests: ‘I can assure you that you won’t be sent any questionnaires for attending this event.’

PM Johnson (pictured walking into Claridge’s on Thursday) also was said to have ‘laughed off’ the ongoing Partygate investigations by the Metropolitan Police, telling guests: ‘I can assure you that you won’t be sent any questionnaires for attending this event’

Boris, pictured walking into Claridge's Hotel, joined the remaining 150 guests at the five-star hotel, ate 'fancy canapes' and drank champagne for two hours on Thursday 31 March

Boris, pictured walking into Claridge’s Hotel, joined the remaining 150 guests at the five-star hotel, ate ‘fancy canapes’ and drank champagne for two hours on Thursday 31 March

According to The Sun, Cabinet ministers and MPs, including Home Secretary Priti Patel were also in attendance as Parliament broke up for Easter.

They joined the remaining 150 guests at the five-star hotel, ate ‘fancy canapes’ and drank champagne for two hours on Thursday 31 March.

The Prime Minister was not seen to have joined in on the boozing.

The timing of the event, as well as jokes of Partygate when Downing Street officials have been issued with the first set of £50 fines, comes on the eve of a huge hit to people’s wallets.

Downing Street officials who attended a boozy leaving do while indoor events were banned due to Covid have begun receiving £50 fines over the lockdown-busting party.

The first fixed penalty noticed from police probing the Partygate saga arrived via email to those found to have broken the law.

They relate to a party in June 2020, understood to be a leaving do for an aid, Hannah Young, who was leaving Downing Street for a Government role in the US.

Cabinet ministers and MPs, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, pictured, were also in attendance as Parliament broke up for Easter

Cabinet ministers and MPs, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, pictured, were also in attendance as Parliament broke up for Easter

The timing of the event, as well as jokes of Partygate when Downing Street officials have been issued with the first set of £50 fines, comes on the eve of a huge hit to people's wallets (Home Secretary Priti Patel pictured attending the Tory donor evening at Claridge's on Thursday)

The timing of the event, as well as jokes of Partygate when Downing Street officials have been issued with the first set of £50 fines, comes on the eve of a huge hit to people’s wallets (Home Secretary Priti Patel pictured attending the Tory donor evening at Claridge’s on Thursday)

Also named as ‘Bleak Friday’, April 1 saw all 66million Britons face an assault on their budgets because council tax, car tax, national insurance, water bills and the cost of broadband, phones and TV are all going up in April.

Food prices are also spiking and a pint of beer is up at least 20p. Social housing rents are up £20-a-month and from today people face paying £1 to £3 for a lateral flow test.

There are reports that some people have taken to lighting barbecues and open fires in homes to avoid using gas or electric heating, which could cause deadly blazes and fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

Labor claims the extra annual cost to Britons will be £2,620, piling even more pressure on Rishi Sunak to step in to help.

On Thursday night, Johnson and fellow Cabinet ministers went to Claridge's (pictured) in London's Mayfair to 'schmooze' Tory donors, ahead of the life-changing rise in costs for bills and council tax for the people of the UK

On Thursday night, Johnson and fellow Cabinet ministers went to Claridge’s (pictured) in London’s Mayfair to ‘schmooze’ Tory donors, ahead of the life-changing rise in costs for bills and council tax for the people of the UK

Energy companies insist that they can do nothing to reduce increasing costs for customers with one boss admitting today that the only answer is for consumers to use less energy.

Utilita founder and boss Bill Bullen that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be forced to find billions to pay energy bills for Britain’s poorest households.

He said: ‘There is one thing that everyone can do and that is to think about their energy consumption and change their behaviour. And if you can afford to invest in your home then do that as well.

‘Energy price rises are going to hit everybody. It’s going to cause everybody to make difficult decisions but some consumers are in a far worse position and this will be worse for them.’


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