The pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the allegation that he lied in parliament about a controversial garden party in May 2020.
On Monday, Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings claimed that the British Prime Minister was fully aware that a garden party had been arranged in “Number 10” on 20 May 2020.
That was while the country was closed down and the British were asked to stay indoors.
– The Prime Minister knew that a garden party was to be held. He lied in parliament when he said he did not know about it, Cummings wrote in one blog posts.
Cummings claims that he warned Johnson ahead of the party and told him that such a party could be in violation of infection control rules.
– Nobody told me that it broke the rules
On Tuesday, Johnson met the media, after being in corona isolation for several days.
He categorically denied Cummings’ accusations.
Johnson repeated what he had previously said, namely that he thought what was going on out in the garden was a “work event” (in Norwegian: a job event). And not a party.
He admitted that “misjudgments” had been made. He said he was very sorry for that.
At the same time, he said he would not accept the “event” if he “had known it was against the rules”:
“I’m very clear that no one told me, no one told me that it was against the rules to do something that was not a work event, because I honestly can not imagine how this event could have been conducted, if it was in in violation of the rules ».
Should this picture trap Boris Johnson? While the Queen mourned, there was a full party in Downing Street.
Demands for resignation are increasing in a separate party
According to several British media, the pressure on the Prime Minister has increased after the events of the last 24 hours.
If 54 Tory MPs express a lack of confidence in Johnson, it could trigger demands for party leadership in the party.
Such mistrust can be expressed by members of parliament by sending letters to the so-called 1922 committee, which organizes the leadership elections in the party.
– We are very close to that number now, says an anonymous Tory source Sky News.
Several leading Tory politicians have previously asked Boris Johnson to step down as prime minister.
One of the parties held while Britain was corona-shut was held the night before Prince Philip’s funeral.
Queen Elizabeth sat all alone on the pew during the ceremony due to the coronary restrictions.
An investigation report on the case is expected this week.