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Boris Johnson 'approved wine time Fridays' held by Downing Street staff during Covid restrictions

Boris Johnson 'approved wine time Fridays' held by Downing Street staff during Covid restrictions
While indoor socialising was banned, the Mirror reports that Downing Street staff invested in an office drinks fridge

News Boris Johnson 'approved wine time Fridays' held by Downing Street staff during Covid restrictions While indoor socialising was banned, the Mirror reports that Downing Street staff invested in an office drinks fridge Video Loading Invalid Email Something went wrong, please try again later.p We have more newsletters Show me See ourprivacy notice Downing Street staff parties during lockdown were a regular occurrence, it has been revealed.Read more: Revellers in Boris Johnson masks swig beer and chant 'this is a work event' outside Downing Street The shocking report follows claims that employees took it in turns to take a suitcase to a local supermarket to stock up on alcohol for the parties - even on the eve of Prince Philip ’s funeral.Downing Street also held socially distanced drinks in May 2020 - at the height of the pandemic when people could only meet one person from another household outdoors.

It is reported that wine time Fridays were a “long-standing Downing Street tradition”, including under previous administrations, but that they continued after Covid restrictions had been introduced, prohibiting indoor socialising between households.Two leaving bashes - one for Mr Johnson’s top spin doctor James Slack and another for the PM’s photographer - took place at Downing Street on April 16.

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