So, how many is that now? ITV have just revealed that Boris Johnson had a 56th birthday bash in the middle of the first lockdown — the latest in a list of illicit parties that have come to light over the past two months. By Steerpike’s count there have been reports of at least *sixteen* parties which allegedly broke Covid restrictions as they changed repeatedly throughout the pandemic. Most of these gatherings were held in No. 10 Downing Street but other Whitehall departments also got in on the act. Below is a timeline of all the alleged soirees, shindigs and not-so-socially distanced jamborees held in SW1 over the past two years…
15 May 2020:
An image was published by the Guardian capturing Boris Johnson, his then fiancée, Carrie, and 15 other people with bottles of wine and a cheeseboard in the Downing Street garden.
20 May 2020
BYOB party, after the PM’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds emailed more than 100 members of staff. Over 40 people are reported to have attended the gathering to enjoy the ‘lovely weather’, including Boris and Carrie, with guests told to ‘bring your own booze’.
19 June 2020
Carrie Johnson held a surprise birthday party for Boris in the cabinet room, which up to 30 people are reported to have attended. No. 10 deny reports there was a further celebration for the Prime Minister’s family friends later that evening.
13 November 2020
Boris and Carrie flat party to mark the departure of comms chief Lee Cain, with reports of ‘loud music’ and ‘the sound of a party’ coming from the flat.
25 November 2020
Around 24 Treasury staff working on the Autumn Spending Review are said to have had ‘impromptu drinks’ in the office after working hours.
27 November 2020
A leaving party was allegedly organised for senior aide Cleo Watson. Sources claimed that Boris Johnson was present and gave a speech.