Johnson in the UK attended an indoor birthday celebration during the blockade, number 10 admits

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrated his birthday at 10 Downing Street during the first blockade of COVID-19.

ITV News reported on Monday that 30 people attended an indoor event and shared a cake after Johnson’s wife Carrie organized a surprise gathering on the afternoon of June 19, 2020.

Downing Street later admitted that after the meeting, staff “easily gathered” in the Cabinet Office.

At that time, indoor social gatherings were prohibited by blockade rules, but meetings of up to six people were allowed to be held outdoors.

A spokeswoman at 10 Downing Street said: He took less than 10 minutes. “

ITV News also reported later that night that family and friends were hosted for further celebrations on the second floor of the Prime Minister’s Office.

However, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: In line with the rules of the time, the Prime Minister welcomed a small number of families outside the night. “

The new revelation further deepened the political crisis fueled by alleged violations of a series of blockade rules in Downing Street during a CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

Labor leader Sir Kiel Starmer called “more evidence that some prime ministers believe the rules he made do not apply to him.”

“The prime minister is distracting to the public and he must go,” he added.

Ministers defended the prime minister. Administrator of the Environment George Eustice told reporters on Monday: The cake’s. “

“I don’t think it really constitutes a party, as some of the more serious claims being investigated are,” he said.

Talking to BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program on Tuesday, Transport Minister Grant Chaps had a dispute over how many people were present, and Carrie Johnson held a surprise gathering as reported. Said he didn’t.

But Mr. Chaps said, “It shouldn’t happen obviously,” and said people should stick to the rules.

He said the staff would “think they were kind” by noting the Prime Minister’s birthday, but that was “almost certainly not very wise.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan