Boris Johnson faces a barrage of criticism for shutting down a garden party

Boris Johnson on Tuesday faced a barrage of criticism after it was revealed he attended a «Bring Your Wine» party in Downing Street in May 2020 when such gatherings were banned.

Edward Argar, the junior health minister, was sent to the prime minister’s defense but refused to confirm witness reports that Mr Johnson attended the event, when England was still in its first Covid-19 lockdown.

Instead, Argar insisted that the party, organized by Martin Reynolds, head of Johnson’s private office, would form part of an investigation into such gatherings by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

Johnson also declined to say whether he imposed penalties for the party, to which about 100 Downing Street employees were invited, or to confirm witness accounts that he and his wife Carrie attended the party.

The #10 wall of silence caused an angry reaction from all parties, and Johnson will now face intense media and political pressure to say exactly what happened at the event on May 20, 2020.

Labor leader Keir Starmer wrote on Twitter: «Boris Johnson, your perversions and perversions are ridiculous. Not only did you know about Downing Street parties, you attended them too. Stop lying to the British public. It’s time for you to finally end.»

Ruth Davidson, the former Conservative leader in Scotland, tweeted that Johnson’s defense «won’t last for 48 hours».

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