In case you missed it (!), final evening The Telegraph (paywall) published reports that employees inside No 10 held two employees leaving dos that includes alcohol, and one with loud music, on the night earlier than Prince Philip’s socially distanced funeral in April final yr.
Eyewitnesses informed the paper a mixed whole of about 30 folks took half in what seemed to be social occasions in several elements of Downing Avenue, earlier than each gatherings mixed within the backyard.
In keeping with one attender, a employees member was despatched with a suitcase to the Co-op on the Strand, a brief stroll away, returning with the case stuffed with bottles of wine.
Boris Johnson was not at Downing Avenue that night, having gone to Chequers, the prime ministerial nation retreat, on the Thursday night and remaining into the weekend.
On the time, England was in stage two of the federal government’s gradual leisure from lockdown. As much as six folks or two households may meet exterior, whereas indoors, folks may solely socialise with their family or assist bubble.
One of many occasions at No 10 marked the departure from authorities of James Slack, who was the prime minister’s official spokesperson underneath each Theresa Might and Johnson, earlier than changing into Johnson’s director of communications, in line with the Telegraph. He’s now deputy editor of the Solar.
The opposite was for one in all Johnson’s private photographers, the paper reported. Witnesses informed the Telegraph that the occasion to mark the photographer’s departure primarily happened within the basement space of No 10, with loud music enjoying.
Each teams reportedly moved exterior round midnight, with ingesting carrying on into the early hours of the morning. Whereas within the backyard one attender broke a swing belonging to Johnson’s toddler son, Wilfred, a witness informed the paper.
Extra on that story right here: Two Downing Street parties held evening before Prince Philip’s funeral – reports