Susanna Reid has hit out at the Prime Minister following fresh allegations that he had a birthday party inside No 10 during the first lockdown.
Downing Street conceded staff ‘gathered briefly’ in the Cabinet Room following a meeting after it was alleged 30 people attended and shared cake despite social mixing indoors being banned.
ITV News reported the Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie Johnson, had organised the surprise get-together complete with a chorus of ‘happy birthday’ on the afternoon of June 19 2020.
‘People feel like they stuck to the rules but there was a special category who were allowed to break the rules,’ Susanna began, in conversation with co-presenter Ed Balls on Tuesday’s programme.
She then referred to the letter Mr Johnson wrote on the same day as the alleged rule break, in which he applauded a seven-year-old who stayed at home on her birthday.
‘How could he have taken the time to handwrite that letter to this little girl saying thank you?’ Susanna asked.
‘And telling the rest of us, be more like this little girl who made the sacrifice of her own party in order to follow the rules at the same time of being at his own birthday party?’
‘It is remarkable,’ she added.
Interior designer Lulu Lytle admitted attending but insisted she was only present ‘briefly’ while waiting to talk to Mr Johnson about the lavish refurbishments she was carrying out to the couple’s flat above No 11.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said: ‘A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than 10 minutes.’
Viewers shared the sacrifices they made while Mr Johnson was celebrating his party despite strict Covid rules in place.
‘My father died in the first lockdown, we were only allowed ten at his funeral, his sisters had to watch online,’ one wrote. ‘There was no wake because we were told we couldn’t have one. It was devastating.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another wrote: ‘While he was celebrating I was waiting to see my son who had passed, but due to covid I couldn’t until by luck things eased before his funeral. It was the longest 15 days of my life.’
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