COVID News Latest: Boris Johnson Tells Downing Street News Conference Plan B Restrictions Will Continue For Longer

ITV News is reporting that Boris Johnson had a "birthday party" during the first lockdown in 2020 in contravention of the rules on indoor mixing.

It says there are claims Carrie Johnson "helped organised a surprise get-together" on the afternoon of 19 June that lasted 20-30 minutes, with a cake and picnic food laid on.

Up to 30 people are said to have attended the event in the Cabinet Room at Number 10.

However, a Downing Street spokeswoman said it was a brief staff gathering:

"A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the prime minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes," a statement said.

ITV News also claims that family friends were hosted upstairs in the prime minister's residence on the same evening - in an apparent further breach of the rules.

However, Downing Street says this claim is "totally untrue".

The spokeswoman added: "In line with the rules at the time, the prime minister hosted a small number of family members outside that evening."

The much-anticipated report on alleged parties in Downing Street is expected later this week.

Source : https://news.sky.com/story/covid-news-latest-live-updates-downing-street-news-conference-at-5pm-after-boris-johnson-announcement-on-plan-b-restrictions-12507015

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