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Johnson accused of demeaning his workplace after new partygate claims

Johnson accused of demeaning his workplace after new partygate claims

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Labour accused Boris Johnson of demeaning the workplace of prime minister after a media report mentioned he performed a key function in a Downing Avenue get together held throughout coronavirus restrictions to mark the departure of one in every of his key advisers.

The Sunday Times cited authorities insiders as saying Johnson instigated the Downing Avenue occasion to say goodbye to Lee Cain, the prime minister’s head of communications, in November 2020.

It got here as Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon was reported to the police after footage emerged of her showing to breach Scotland’s coronavirus guidelines by not sporting a masks. 

Johnson final week grew to become the primary British prime minister to have dedicated a prison offence whereas in workplace after the Metropolitan Police issued him with a nice for attending a surprise Downing Street birthday in June 2020 throughout England’s first Covid-19 lockdown.

Senior Tories worry Johnson may face more fines over partygate as a result of he attended a number of occasions throughout Covid restrictions, together with a “deliver your personal booze” gathering within the Downing Avenue backyard in Might 2020.

Lee Cain resigned as Boris Johnson’s head of communications in November 2020. A celebration to mark his departure was held in Downing Avenue throughout Covid restrictions © Getty Photos

The Sunday Instances mentioned the occasion that may very well be most problematic for the prime minister was the get together to mark Cain’s departure in November 2020.

The newspaper mentioned what started as a press workplace drinks become an occasion to mark Cain’s exit after Johnson arrived and gave a short speech.

Deputy Labour chief Angela Rayner mentioned: “If the most recent stories are true, it might imply that not solely did the prime minister attend events, however he had a hand in instigating not less than one in every of them . . . The prime minister has demeaned his workplace.”

Downing Avenue declined to remark. The Sunday Instances mentioned a Quantity 10 insider denied Johnson had organised the occasion for Cain.

Johnson is getting ready to make a Home of Commons assertion this week after the Met issued him with the fixed penalty notice over the June 2020 birthday celebration.

Opposition events are discussing how they will attempt to safe a parliamentary vote over their declare that he intentionally misled the Commons about lockdown events. Johnson’s allies have advised he didn’t knowingly mislead MPs.

Caroline Lucas, former chief of the Inexperienced get together, mentioned she had written to the Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to request that he “facilitate a course of” whereby MPs can maintain Johnson to account.

In the meantime, in a video clip on Twitter, Sturgeon is seen with no face masks in a barbers in East Kilbride, which the Scottish Nationwide get together chief was visiting whereas campaigning for the Might native elections. 

In response to coronavirus guidelines in Scotland, all people aged 12 and over should put on face coverings in lots of indoor public locations. The foundations are resulting from be relaxed on Monday.

Police Scotland mentioned on Sunday it was wanting into the matter. “We are able to verify that we have now obtained a criticism which is at present being assessed,” mentioned a spokesperson. 

The SNP mentioned Sturgeon solely eliminated her masks for a brief interval within the East Kilbride barbers earlier than placing it again on.

“The primary minister was invited into the barbers throughout an out of doors go to on the road,” mentioned an SNP spokesperson. “Inside a number of seconds, she realised she hadn’t put her masks again on and instantly put it on.”

The Scottish Conservatives accused Sturgeon of “hypocrisy” and demanded an apology.

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