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Minister says it's 'making a leap' to assume Boris Johnson knew about lockdown-busting 'bring your own booze' party

Added 01-11-22 03:14:02am EST - “Boris Johnson is under pressure today after leaked email reveals close aide invited more than 100 staff to lockdown-busting BYOB party.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Minister says it's 'making a leap' to assume Boris Johnson knew about lockdown-busting 'bring your own booze' party”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A minister insisted it would "be making a leap" to assume that Boris Johnson was aware of the lockdown-breaching party last May, after a leaked email revealed one of his closest aides had invited more than 100 colleagues to a "bring your own bottle" party in the Downing Street garden.

"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," Johnson's Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds said in an email to over a hundred staffers at Johnson's 10 Downing Street office.

"Please join us from 6 p.m. and bring your own booze!" Reynolds wrote in the email obtained by British broadcaster ITV News, which was sent on May 20, 2020.

Edward Argar, the Minister of State for Health at the Department of Health and Social Care, told Sky News it was "absolutely right" that the allegations be investigated by Sue Gray, one of Whitehall's most senior officials, who was already probing claims about multiple parties during Christmas 2020. 

But he added he would not "prejudge" her outcome, saying it would not be "appropriate" to comment before Gray  reached a conclusion. Argar said the rules at the time were clear, with a press conference on the day of the party being used to tell the public they could only meet one person from outside their household.

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