No 10 officials ‘left the garden in a state’ after lockdown BYOB drinks collection

The No10 garden was left in a state after the lockdown drinks party in May 2020 and staff who had to clean up filed a complaint, it has been reported.

About 40 Downing Street officials should have attended social gathering in the No 10 garden, where the tables were lined with gin, rosé, red wine and white wine, that Times reports.

The guests arrived from kl. 18.00, with many to bring their own booze from a trip to the Westminster Tesco Express – as the email invitation had suggested – and mingled with each other until late.

A source told the newspaper that they were surprised by the amount of noise coming from the garden.

The insider, a member of government who happened to be walking past the back of Downing Street that night, said, “I had not been aware that they were having a party.”

Another source told the newspaper’s No. 10 staff had been dissatisfied with the condition the garden was left in.

“They had to clean up the next morning,” the source said. “They were not happy.”

But the insider warned that this may have been after another social event.

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So far, the government has refused to comment on allegations that a party was held on May 20, 2020, as the country was subject to strict lockdown restrictions and unable to meet with more than one person outside.

No 10 has instead said there will be no comment while Sue Gray is conducting our investigation reports of several alleged parties held in Downing Street.

On Wednesday, the government failed to put a minister on the morning media round in an attempt to avoid further questions about the matter.

But the silence from Downing Street irritates the Tories, prompting Boris Johnson to resign.

Tory backbenchers told I they thought the latest party scandal had weakened the prime minister’s authority and made a leadership challenge more likely.

A former minister said: “It’s really bad. It shows his expression of horror in parliament as completely empty.”

A Tory MP said Mr Johnson was facing a sense of “creeping doom”, especially with ex-assistant Dominic Cummings determined to remove him from office.

Other tories have made public comments, with Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer, a former ally of Mr Johnson, saying recent revelations were “humiliating”.

Harrow East’s Bob Blackman admitted that “people are rightly furious”, while Brexit veteran Philip Davies said the allegation that officials were breaking their own rules was “a bitter pill to swallow for those who faithfully followed them, even with big personal costs “.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said people across the country were “furious” at the allegations, saying that if Mr Johnson lied about not attending any illegal parties, “he must resign”.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly told MPs that no Covid rules were broken and also said that he has not attended any illegal gatherings.

He will meet Sir Keir Starmer at 12 noon today at PMQs, where he is likely to face a barrage of questions about the charges.

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