Lorraine Kelly has shared her take on the allegations that Boris Johnson attended a ‘lockdown party’ at Downing Street last year.
Mr Johnson is facing renewed pressure after a leaked email allegedly shows that more than 100 Downing Street staff were invited to a ‘bring your own booze’ party in the Number 10 garden during the first Covid lockdown in May 2020.
Around 40 staff are said to have attended the gathering at that time to eat picnic food and have drinks, including the prime minister and his wife Carrie Johnson, when Brits were banned from meeting more than one other person outdoors.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are in contact with the Cabinet Office over the alleged party.
Reacting to the supposed scandal, Lorraine, 61, criticised private secretary Martin Reynolds’s ‘thought process’ for allegedly organising the get-together.
‘It’s very interesting that they are hiding behind this investigation,’ Lorraine said to ITV editor Paul Brand during Tuesday’s edition of her titular show.
‘I mean for goodness’ sake, you and I could do this investigation in half an hour, “did you send that email” or “did you go to that party?”
‘Yes or no, that’s it, end of. Why do you need to have an investigation that rumbles on and gives an excuse to hide behind that, it’s infuriating.’
Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley also weighed in on the scandal, describing it as an ‘insult’ on the earlier ITV show.
‘How much longer is this nonsense going to go on for?
‘How much more evidence do we need to present to the Prime Minister to tell him and show him that he’s been breaking the rules?
‘It’s such an insult to everybody who was doing their very best,’ he added.
He wrote: ‘On the day (May20, 2020) that @BorisJohnson attended his No10 party where 100 people were invited to ‘bring a bottle’, I met my eldest son for first time in 2 months, & we stayed this far apart, without anyone else there, because that was BORIS JOHNSON’S BLOODY RULE.’
The Met previously refused to investigate an alleged Government gathering on December 18, 2020, while the police watchdog later declined to investigate a complaint about the force’s handling of the case.
However, regarding the fresh allegations about a May 2020 gathering, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said: ‘The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on May 20 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.’
Downing Street said they would not be commenting on the email due to the Sue Gray inquiry, with the senior civil servant currently investigating parties allegedly held by the Government as millions in the UK poured all their efforts into stopping Covid spreading.
Ms Gray took over the investigation from Cabinet Secretary Simon Case in December after claims he knew of at least one gathering.
Asked on Monday if he and his wife attended the May 20 event, Mr Johnson replied: ‘All that, as you know, is the subject of a proper investigation by Sue Gray’.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9:00am on ITV.
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