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New pictures ‘show boozy Downing Street spread for leaving do’

NEW pictures of what is alleged to be a boozy lockdown-breaking gathering in Downing Street showing bottles of fizz have emerged.

The photograph shows a table laden with Krispy Kreme donuts, wine, prosecco and nibbles from Marks and Spencer and is said to have been taken in Westminster during lockdown.

The Mirror reports the picture offers a glimpse at the spread put on for staff attending the leaving do of former No 10 spin doctor and current deputy editor of The Sun James Slack on November 17, 2020.

Indoor mixing was illegal at the time though sources have told the paper around 30 or 40 members of staff attended the event.

It is believed not to have been one of the events probed by the Met in their investigation into lawbreaking at the heart of power during the pandemic.

The force has issued 126 fines in relation to breaches of lockdown rules to 83 people, including the Prime Minister, his wife and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

The Mirror reports the event was organised via WhatsApp and was instigated by an aide who referred to opening “the Covid secure bar”.

A picture of a wine cooler with the capacity to store 34 bottles was then shared with the caption “the bar is open”, the paper reports.

Messages seen by the paper appear to show staff organising the event and arranging to buy “reinforcement booze”.

A No 10 spokesperson said: “As part of their investigation the Cabinet Office team were able to speak to No 10 staff to establish the facts on what happened during this period. Both they and the Met Police have had access to all information relevant to their investigations, including photographs.

“The Met have concluded their investigation and Sue Gray will publish her report shortly, at which point the Prime Minister will address Parliament in full.”

 



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