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POLITICO politico.eu 11 Jan, 2022 07:45 am

London Playbook: Lobby reshuffle

London Playbook: Lobby reshuffle

MARTY ANIMALS: The Metropolitan Police last night confirmed it is probing revelations that Boris Johnson’s staff organized a “bring your own booze” drinks gathering in the Downing Street garden during lockdown in May 2020 — an event the prime minister himself is also alleged to have attended.** Reynolds’ email in full … sent to more than 100 Downing Street employees: “Hi all, After what has been an incredibly busy period we thought it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.” The Met said in a statement: “The Metropolitan Police service is aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on 20 May 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.Their key argument will likely be based on the unique nature of the Downing Street complex, which is both an office to hundreds of advisers and civil servants, and a home to the PM, chancellor and their families.

The second plank of the defense is likely to be on the nature of work in Downing Street, where meetings often took place in the garden throughout the day and well into the evening, when bottles of beer or wine were occasionally drunk.Monday’s Times speculated he could lose his job over the furor, though Downing Street stood by him yesterday.

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