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Boris Johnson apologizes for a BYOB party held as the U.K. was in COVID lockdown

Added 01-12-22 03:07:01pm EST - “Labour Party leader Keir Starmer called Prime Minister Boris Johnson's apology worthless, adding that his defense is that "he didn't realize he was at a party."” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Boris Johnson apologizes for a BYOB party held as the U.K. was in COVID lockdown”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A protester holds a sign outside of Parliament in London after the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session, in which Boris Johnson said he joined staff for an outdoor party at 10 Downing Street in May 2020. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

A protester holds a sign outside of Parliament in London after the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session, in which Boris Johnson said he joined staff for an outdoor party at 10 Downing Street in May 2020.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is apologizing for 10 Downing Street hosting a happy-hour party in May 2020, when the rest of the country was under a strict COVID-19 lockdown. For the first time, Johnson said he was at the party — but the admission didn't appease his rivals, who called it one more reason for him to resign.

"I want to apologize," Johnson said at the start of his Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons. He acknowledged that the outdoor gathering took place as many Britons were making painful sacrifices during the pandemic.

"I know the rage they feel with me and the government I lead," Johnson said, "when they think that in Downing Street itself, the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules."

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