Boris Johnson accused of having birthday bash in first lockdown as new ‘partygate’ claim hits PM


oris Johnson had a birthday party in the first national lockdown in 2020, according to reports.

His wife Carrie Johnson allegedly arranged a surprise party for him on June 19 – with guests invited to arrive just shortly after 2pm.

It is reported they sung happy birthday to the Prime Minister and presented him with a birthday cake – just nine days after Mr Johnson asked the UK to “continue to show restraint and respect the rules which are designed to keep us all safe” during a No10 presser.

Up to 30 guests were believed to be in attendance and they were said to have enjoyed M&S picnic food, according to ITV News.

The news organisation named the PM’s private secretary Martin Reynolds and interior designer Lulu Lytle among the guests.

Ms Lytle is not a No 10 staffer but was giving Mr Johnson’s Downing Street flat a makeover at the time.

A spokeswoman for Soane Britain, the luxury designer co-founded by Ms Lytle, said: “Lulu was present in Downing Street on June 19 working on the refurbishment.

“Lulu was not invited to any birthday celebrations for the Prime Minister as a guest.

“Lulu entered the Cabinet Room briefly as requested, while waiting to speak with the Prime Minister.”

Number 10 have denied family and friends joined the Prime Minister upstairs at his residence, a claim also reported by ITV News, and said there were only a small number of family members hosted outside.

A No 10 spokeswoman said: “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 10 minutes.”


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