Twitter: ‘If @BorisJohnson attended this, he should resign.’
Sharing a photo taken of himself with his son Spencer, as they stood far apart during a walk, on the same day of the alleged lockdown party, Piers was clearly raging at the latest reports.
He wrote: ‘On the day (May20, 2020) that @BorisJohnson attended his No10 party where 100 people were invited to ‘bring a bottle’, I met my eldest son for first time in 2 months, & we stayed this far apart, without anyone else there, because that was BORIS JOHNSON’S BLOODY RULE.’
The journalist added: ‘We all have similar stories, some obviously deeply distressing involving sick and dying loved ones. Britain’s Prime Minister separated families for months on end, often in their darkest hours, but secretly ignored all those rules himself to party.
‘Just outrageous hypocrisy.’
The Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds is said to have sent the email which ‘encouraged staff to make the most of the lovely weather’.
First seen by ITV, it reads: ‘Hi all, After what has been an incredibly busy period it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.
‘Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!’
The PM’s former top advisor Dominic Cummings first suggested such an event had taken place in a blog post on Friday.
He claimed he protested against it, warning it would break Covid regulations – but the event ‘definitely happened’ regardless.
The Met refused to investigate an alleged Government gathering on December 18, 2020, while the police watchdog later declined to investigate a complaint about the force’s handling of the case.
However, in regards to the May 2020 allegations, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said: ‘The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on May 20 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office.’
Downing Street said they would not be commenting on the email due to the Sue Gray inquiry, with the senior civil servant currently investigating parties allegedly held by the Government as millions in the UK poured all their efforts into stopping Covid spreading.
Ms Gray took over the investigation from Cabinet Secretary Simon Case in December after claims he knew of at least one gathering.
Asked on Monday if he and his wife attended the May 20 event, Mr Johnson replied: ‘All that, as you know, is the subject of a proper investigation by Sue Gray’.
On today’s GMB, Richard Madeley branded the latest alleged party an ‘insult’ while calling on Mr Johnson to end the ‘nonsense’.
He said: ‘I don’t know about all of you but my jaw is absolutely on the floor.
‘How much longer is this nonsense going to go on for?
‘How much more evidence do we need to present to the Prime Minister to tell him and show him that he’s been breaking the rules?’