Downing gate: Tidslinje for påståtte samlinger på tvers av regjeringen under Covid-restriksjoner
Boris Johnson is facing intense scrutiny over further allegations of rule-busting gatherings in Nei 10 as the rest of the country was subject to strict lockdown measures to contain the spread of the koronavirus.
After a leaked email showed over 100 Nei 10 staff were invited to “bring your own booze” event in the Downing Street garden on 20 Kan 2020, including the prime minister and his wife, Carrie Johnson, MPs within his own party have also called on Mr Johnson to resign.
Her Den uavhengige looks at all the allegations of gatherings across No 10, government and at the Conservative Party headquarters.
15 Kan 2020
A joint investigation by Den uavhengige og Vergen revealed a wine and pizza gathering was held in the No 10 rosehage på 15 Kan 2020 – despite people from different households being restricted to one-on-one meetings with family members and friends outdoors.
Johnson har tidligere insistert på at «disse menneskene var på jobb, snakker om jobb".
20 Kan 2020
I en blog just last week, Mr Cummings, the prime minister’s former chief adviser, dismissed the 15 May event showed an after-work party, insisting it was common practice at the time for meetings to be held in the garden due to the risk of Covid. derimot, han hevdet at en "sosialt distansert drink"-arrangement fant sted på 20 Kan 2020, with a “senior No 10 official” inviting people.
The row exploded as a leaked email sent from the prime minister’s private secretary showed over 100 Nei 10 personale ble invitert til arrangementet, told to “bring your own booze” and “make the most of the lovely weather”.
Mr Johnson subsequently apologised to the House of Commons, bekrefter at han deltok på arrangementet i rundt 25 minutes but assumed it was “a work event”, an execuse that drew laughs of incredulity from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and much of Parliament, not to mention social media.
The event will be investigated by Sue Gray, the senior civil servant tasked with probing rule breaking allegations and the Metropolitan Police has also said it is “in contact” with the Cabinet Office over alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations in No 10 på 20 Kan.
17 september 2020
In a photograph obtained by The Daily Telegraph, Ms Johnson is seen attending an engagement celebration for an old school friend, Anna Pinder, on the roof terrace of The Conduit club in Covent Garden in London’s West End.
Just nine days earlier, her husband had told the British public: “If we are to beat the virus then everyone, at all times, should limit social contact as much as possible and minimise interactions with other households. It is safer to meet outdoors and you should keep your distance from anyone you don’t live with, even if they are close friends or family.”
Ms Johnson subsequently apologised for a “lapse of judgement”.
13 november 2020
Another allegation made by Mr Cummings was of a “flat party” in Mr Johnson’s official residence with Carrie Johnson on 13 november 2020 — the same day the Vote Leave chief left Downing Street with immediate effect and just eight days after England’s second national lockdown was imposed.
Mr Cummings claimed to have been told that staff in the press office “could hear the music playing loudly”.
Asked at Prime Minister’s Questions in December whether there had been a No 10 party on 13 november 2020, Johnson sa "nei", men la til: “I’m sure that whatever happened the guidance was followed at all times”.
27 november 2020
A leaving event was reported to have been held on 27 November for adviser Cleo Watson, with the prime minister personally delivering a speech mens alkohol ble konsumert.
Mr Cummings, a close ally of Ms Watson, has insisted there was no party on this date, but Ms Gray’s investigation into rule-breaking allegations is examining this event.
10 desember 2020
It has been confirmed that Ms Gray’s inquiry will include a social event at the London offices of the Department for Education on 10 desember 2020, igangsatt av daværende utdanningssekretær Gavin Williamson å takke sine ansatte.
At the time of the gathering, people in the capital were subject to Tier 2 begrensninger, which banned mixing between households indoors while people were allowed to meet in groups of six outdoors.
De department has admitted a “gathering of colleagues” fant sted på 10 desember, with “drink ad snacks brought by those attending”, legge til: “While this was work-related, looking back we accept it would have been better not have gathered in this way at that particular time”.
14 desember 2020
Fire dager senere, med londonere som fortsatt er underlagt Tier 2 begrensninger, en fest fant sted ved det konservative partiets hovedkvarter i Westminster.
A spokesperson for the party has previously said the event was “unauthorised” and “formal disciplinary action” was taken against four CCHQ staff seconded to the then London mayoral candidate Shaun Baileysin kampanje.
Speilet newspaper later published an image of the gathering — leading to the resignation of Mr Bailey from an official role at the London Assembly as chair of the police and crime committee.
Given the event was held in the offices of a political party, it does not fall under the remit of Ms Gray’s probe, but the Metropolitan Police said it would contact two people who attended.
15 desember 2020
Neste dag, Nei 10 ansatte var involvert i en festlig quiz, med rapporter som tyder på at invitasjoner ble sendt ut på forhånd. An image later published by The Sunday Mirror showed the prime minister flanked by colleagues, med en drapert i tinsel og en annen iført nisselue.
Downing Street said the prime minister had “briefly” attended the quiz — after the photographic evidence emerged — but insisted it was a virtual event and claimed he broke no rules.
16 desember 2020
Speilet reported senior civil servants were “boozing and dancing” at the event, allegedly planned by staff from transport secretary Grant Shapps’ office.
Det sa en talsmann for avdelingen: «Færre enn et dusin ansatte som jobbet på kontoret hadde en lavmælt, socially distanced gathering in the large open-plan office after work on 16 desember, hvor mat og drikke ble inntatt. Vi erkjenner at dette var upassende og beklager feilvurderingen.»
18 desember 2020
Påstander om en julefest holdt i nr 10 på 18 desember 2020 var i fokus for mye sinne på slutten av det siste året da rapportene først dukket opp The Daily Mirror avis.
The event happened while London was in strict Tier 3 measures and just a day before Mr Johnson imposed an effective lockdown in the capital and vast swathes of the country.
After initially stonewalling questions of the get-together, Johnson ble tvunget til å ta opp problemet i Commons etter den eksplosive lekkasjen av en video viser nr 10 ansatte som holder en falsk pressekonferanse og gjør vitser om en julefest.
Det førte til at regjeringshjelpen trakk seg Allegra Stratton and the prime minister announcing Ms Gray’s investigation, claiming he was “shocked” but the video.
“I apologise unreservedly for the offence that it has caused up and down the country, and apologise for the impression that it gives,"Herr Johnson fortalte parlamentsmedlemmer.
16 april 2021
The most recent reports of gatherings at No 10 dukket opp i The Daily Telegraph, the prime minister’s former employer, med påstand om at to fester fant sted på kvelden fredag 16 april 2021 – da England var under Step 2 Covid-restriksjoner som forbød innendørs blanding.
They also occurred on the evening before Prins Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel that saw dronningen sit alone, wearing a face mask, at a socially-distanced ceremony to bid farewell to her husband of 73 år.
Ifølge avisen, vitner sa at "overdreven alkohol" ble drukket, attendees danced to music DJ’d by a special adviser and at one point a staffer was allegedly sent to a local Co-op supermarket with a suitcase that they filled with bottles of wine before returning to the party.
Both events were said to be leaving parties for staff working in the prime minister’s inner team. One was held for James Slack, daværende kommunikasjonsdirektør ved No 10, som nå jobber som assisterende kokkredaktør på Solen avis, og den andre for Mr Johnsons personlige fotograf.
I a statement, Mr Slack said: “I wish to apologise unreservedly for the anger and hurt caused. This event should not have happened at the time that it did. I am deeply sorry, and take full responsibility”.
derimot, Mr Slack said he could not comment further on as the matter had been referred to an investigation being carried out by Ms Gray.