OPINION - Talking point: Do you think Boris Johnson is ‘dodging the truth’ about No10 ‘party’?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing fresh criticism over allegations of a lockdown-busting drinks party in May 2020 (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing fresh criticism over allegations of a lockdown-busting drinks party in May 2020 (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has once again found himself in a spot of bother about yet another alleged party to have taken place at Number 10 Downing Street, this time in May 2020. Johnson’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds is said to have emailed more than 100 staff in the building to invite them to a “bring your own booze” event in the garden to “make the most of the lovely weather”, according to a report by ITV News.

How the prime minister is going to attempt to wriggle out of this one remains to be seen, but already a range of senior Tories have been lining up to take shots at the already beleaguered Johnson. Lord Barwell, former chief-of-staff to Theresa May, said: “Let me put this politely: it is not *entirely clear* why the Prime Minister needs to wait for Sue Gray’s report to find out if he went to a party in his own garden.”

This is in reference to the PM refusing to answer questions about the alleged gathering in May 2020, stating that top civil servant Sue Gray was investigating allegations about a series of Downing Street parties. Former Tory Scottish leader Baroness Davidson added: “This line won’t survive 48 hrs. Nobody needs an official to tell them if they were at a boozy shindig in their own garden.”

She went on to say: “People are (rightly) furious. They sacrificed so much — visiting sick or grieving relatives, funerals.” Health minister Edward Argar was given the unenviable task of doing the media rounds for the Government on Tuesday morning, and repeatedly said “I don’t know” when asked if Mr Johnson was at the event.

What do you think of the latest string of allegations about parties in Downing Street? Is Prime Minister Boris Johnson just “dodging the truth” at this stage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments for the chance to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.

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