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Richard Madeley urges Boris Johnson to end ‘insulting nonsense’ after new ‘Downing Street lockdown party’

Richard Madeley has branded the latest alleged Downing Street lockdown party an ‘insult’ while calling on Boris Johnson to end the ‘nonsense’. 

The Prime Minister is facing renewed pressure after a leaked email shows 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 on May 20, 2020 to eat picnic food and have drinks – including Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson.

Reacting to the latest Downing Street scandal, Richard said on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday: ‘I don’t know about all of you but my jaw is absolutely on the floor.

‘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?’

A clip was then shown of Mr Johnson laughing when asked about the reports, prompting Richard to add: ‘It is funny isn’t it Boris, you have to laugh, don’t you? Especially when people weren’t allowed to attend funerals, locked out of care homes.’

Richard says the alleged party is ‘such an insult’ (Picture: ITV)

The presenter continued: ‘I really do try and avoid Government-bashing and in this case Boris-bashing but this is such a provable [wrong-doing].

‘It’s such an insult to everybody who was doing their very best.’

He later urged the Prime Minister to address the reports properly and provide an answer ‘without a giggle’.

Susanna Reid revealed she scrolled through photos in her phone back to May 2020 and found a photo of her having a socially-distanced meeting with her mum by the park, abiding by the rules which at the time only allowed people to meet one other person outside of their household.

 

Former GMB presenter Piers Morgan also called out the PM, and tweeted a photo of his own socially-distanced meeting with his son and commented: ‘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 Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds is the one accused of sending the email, which ‘encouraged staff to make the most of the lovely weather’.

ITV first reported the email that reads: ‘Hi all, After what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.

‘Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!’

Downing Street said they would not be commenting due to the Sue Gray inquiry into alleged Government parties.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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