Downing Street calls social gatherings ‘wine-time Fridays’ during pandemic

A former No. 10 source, who worked at the UK Prime Minister’s official residence until 2020, confirmed to CNN that such gatherings continue to happen regularly. The source said that others referred to them as “wine-time Fridays”, but the source did not attend the events in person.

Revelations of multiple parties on Downing Street — including the night before Prince Philip’s funeral Last April – There has been a major political scandal for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and inspired questions How long can he live as leader of the governing Conservative Party?

Downing Street did not deny reporting when contacted by CNN. It referred CNN to an ongoing investigation into such gatherings by senior civil servant Sue Grey.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “An ongoing investigation is underway to establish facts about the nature of the gatherings, including the purpose in terms of attendance, setting and adherence to guidance at the time. Findings will be made in due course.” will be made public,” a Downing Street spokesman said. Friday.

‘I am truly sorry’

This news has come as the former Director General of the UK Government COVID-19 Taskforce Kate Joseph apologizes for leaving office on 17 December 2020 for dropping a drink while the UK was in lockdown.

“I gathered with colleagues who were at work that day, in our office at the Cabinet Office, in the Cabinet Office, to leave the civil service,” Joseph said in a statement posted to his Twitter profile on Friday.

Joseph, now chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said: “I am really sorry I did this and for the anger people will feel as a result. Sheffield has suffered a lot during this pandemic, and I apologize unconditionally.”

In his statement, Joseph also said that “the specific facts of the incident will be considered in the context of the Cabinet Office’s investigation. I did not attend any event at 10 Downing St.”

UK government guidance at the time stated: “While there are exemptions for work purposes, you must not have a Christmas lunch or party work where it is primarily a social activity and is otherwise permitted by your level of regulations.” Not there.”

Conservative MP Andrew Bridghan on Saturday became the latest politician to demand Johnson’s resignation. He told British broadcaster Sky News that the PM’s position was now “unstable” and that Johnson should call it “a day for the good of the country”.