Prime Minister Boris Johnson has failed to win over the nation with his apology for attending a party during lockdown, with celebrities such as Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid fuming over the admission.
During PMQs on Wednesday, Mr Johnson admitted entering the garden of Number 10 on May 20, 2020 at a time when the country was under strict Covid rules during PMQs. It’s said around 40 Downing Street staff members attended the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) gathering.
Speaking in the House of Commons, the PM said: ‘With hindsight I should have sent everyone back inside. I should have found some other way to thank them.
‘I should have recognised that even if it could be said technically to fall within the guidance, there are millions and millions of people who simply would not see it that way, people who have suffered terribly, people who were forbidden for meeting loved ones at all inside or outside, and to them and to this House I offer my heartfelt apologies.’
Reacting to the apology, Piers tweeted: ‘Boris Johnson says he thought the massive p*ss-up in his No10 back garden was a ‘work event’. More pathetic lies that negate any sincerity with his apology.’
Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid stated: ‘An apology with an excuse is not an apology.’
She added: ‘If the garden was an extension of the office, why did the party require an email invitation and a request to “bring your own booze”?
An apology with an excuse is not an apology.
— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) January 12, 2022
The Prime Minister apologises and admits to being at the Bring Your Own Bozo Partyâ¦.sorry, Booze.
— Gary Lineker ð (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2022
âI believed implicitly this was a work event.â Just do one @BorisJohnson Youâre an absolute disgrace of a man.
— Simon Thomas (@SimonThomasTV) January 12, 2022
‘Ah, finally he’s resorted to his favourite get-out-of-jail card – the vaccine rollout.’
Former Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas weighed in: ‘”I believed implicitly this was a work event”. Just do one @BorisJohnson You’re an absolute disgrace of a man.’
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker joined in the mockery and tweeted: ‘The Prime Minister apologises and admits to being at the Bring Your Own Bozo Party….sorry, Booze.’
Activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu weighed in: ‘Are you listening to Boris Johnson gaslight an entire nation AGAIN?! This is a non-apology. He’s claiming the #DowningStreetParties “technically” fell into the COVID guidelines. He LIES. It didn’t. This is such blatant bull***.’
Mr Johnson and his colleagues are said to have enjoyed wine and gin at the gathering (Picture: Getty Images)
ITV weatherman Alex Beresford commented: ‘If it looks like a party, smells like a party AND there’s an invitation; it’s a party!’
Comedian Joe Lycett couldn’t resist the banter and chipped in: ‘@BorisJohnson that must have been tuff babe, proud of u xoxo.’
Sky News presenter Kay Burley reacted: ‘The PM offering a boyfriend apology at PMQs. I’m sorry if the rules were misunderstood.’
Comedian Nish Kumar quipped: ‘I often receive invitations to work events that feature the phrase “BYOB”.’
Mr Johnson had spent the past few days dodging questions over the gathering of 40 people, at a time when people were limited to meeting one other person outdoors.
The invitation to the ‘bring your own booze’ party was sent to 100 people by Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds, according to a leaked email.
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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer asked if Johnson would resign after labelling it ‘ridiculous’ that the Prime Minister suggested he ‘didn’t realise he was at a party’.
He called the Prime Minister a ‘man without shame’ and said the ‘public just want answers’.
A Cabinet Office investigation is currently underway into a number of alleged Downing Street lockdown parties.
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