Downing Street apologized to Buckingham Palace regarding two parties held in No10 the night before Prince Philip died.
The Telegraph reported that the first gatherings took place 16 April 2021.
According to the spokesperson of PM, it is “deeply regrettetable” that this happened at a time when there was national mourning.
Boris Johnson did not attend either party, but was questioned about the alleged Covid rule breaking at No 10
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On 16 April 2013, the two employees gathered at an event that was held in conjunction with Covid’s ban on indoor socialising.
Sue Gray, a senior civil servant has added them to her list of possible gatherings at government buildings.
Sir Keir Starmer, Labour leader, said that the apology was a clear indication of how serious Boris Johnson had taken the prime minister’s office.
“The Conservatives let Britain down. Apologies are not the only thing that the Palace needs today from the prime minister.
Boris Johnson ought to do the right thing and resign.
The Palace received a call from officials of the Government apologizing for their mistakes.
When asked why No. 10 apologized rather than Boris Johnson, his spokesperson said that the prime minister had stated earlier mistakes and that it was right for people to apologise as well, just like the PM earlier in the week.
While he said he cannot prejudge the inquiry of Ms Gray, the spokesman added that despite acknowledging public anger it was unfortunate this happened at a time national mourning.
Sir Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Leader of Liberal Democrats called for Mr Johnson’s personal apology to Queen Elizabeth “for the offense he’s caused her (and millions across the country) to mourn for their loved ones”.
Last April, the two parties involved about 30 people. They are believed to have met at one point in Downing Street, where they continued until midnight.
Reports say that staff were given a suitcase to take with them, which was then returned with wine bottles.
Both were leaving parties, one for James Slack (PM’s former director of communications), and one for one of PM’s personal photographer.
Now, Mr. Slack is the deputy editor at The Sun newspaper. He has apologized for the “anger and hurt” that was caused by the party and said it should not have occurred “at the time it did”.
England was then under “step 2” regulations that prohibited people from socializing indoors except with their family or support circle.
Socializing outdoors could take place in small groups up to six or with two people.
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