Boris Johnson apologises after admitting he attended Downing Street garden party in lockdown


The prime minister, who has so far avoided questions over fresh allegations of a lockdown-busting party in Number 10, is appearing in front of MPs amid mounting pressure over the 20 May 2020 event.

Boris Johnson has apologised after admitting that he attended a Downing Street garden drinks party during the first lockdown.

Addressing the Commons under intense pressure from MPs, including those on his own government benches, to confirm whether he attended a drinks gathering at Number 10 on 20 May 2020, the prime minister said he had “learned enough to know there were things we simply did not get right”.

The prime minister admitted he “went into that garden just after 6pm on 20 May 2020 to thank staff” but “believed implicitly that this was a work event”.

“With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside. I should have found some other way to thank them,” the PM continued.

Responding to the prime minister’s admission, Sir Keir Starmer called for Mr Johnson to resign, branding his defence as “so ridiculous that it is actually offensive to the British people”.