British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said sorry for attending the Downing Street “bring your own booze” event in 2020 when Britons were prohibited from gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions.
His apology came on Wednesday, Jan. 12, after days of outrage over a “bring your own booze” party held during the UK’s first lockdown, CNN reported.
Johnson said at the start of the weekly session of Prime Minister’s Questions that he attended the event for 25 minutes before going inside to work and that he believed the gathering was a work event.
The “bring your own booze” party was held in the back garden of Downing Street in May 2020. Martin Reynolds, principal private secretary to Johnson, had emailed more than 100 guests to “socially distanced drinks in the No. 10 garden” on May 20. The email told guests to “bring your own booze” and “make the most of the lovely weather.”
At the time, Britons were banned from gathering due to hard lockdown to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said that Johnson’s excuse that he “did not realize he was at a party” was “ridiculous” and “offensive.”
The opposition leader accused Johnson of “deceit and deception” and asked if Johnson would resign.
Members of Johnson’s Conservative party have already come out strongly, with the leader of the Scottish Conservatives saying Johnson must resign if it transpired he attended the party.
In the UK, a government minister is expected to resign from their job if they breach the ministerial code.