Number 10 drinks party "adding insult to injury"
January 11, 2022 2:38 PM
By Alec Sandiford
Responding to reports by ITV News that Downing Street staff were invited to a drinks party in the Number 10 garden during the national lockdown on May 20 2020, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Stone, Alec Sandiford said:
"This is yet more evidence that while the vast majority of people were sticking to the rules, those in Number Ten were breaking them.
"It is a kick in the teeth for everyone who has sacrificed so much during the pandemic, from those who weren't able to visit loved ones in hospital to nurses left wearing bin bags as PPE.
"To add insult to injury, on the very same day that the Culture Secretary said people could only meet in pairs outdoors, it seems Boris Johnson's staff were holding a boozy party in Downing Street.
"Millions of people are rightly furious, and fed up of a Prime Minister who not only allowed his colleagues to flagrantly break the rules - but has repeatedly lied to the public about it. Sue Gray's inquiry must interview Boris Johnson personally and include this and any other parties held at Number Ten held during lockdown.
"The Conservative MP for Stone, Sir Bill Cash, has publicly backed Boris Johnson over party allegations, now he needs to publicly condemn Boris Johnson - and finally be on the side of his constituents who have sacrificed and lost so much".