Britain: Former Boris Johnson adviser accuses him of knowing about parties and lying to Parliament

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Dominic Cummings, his former adviser Boris Johnson, said on Monday (17/01) that he is willing to “testify under oath” that the British Prime Minister knew that a party had been organized at his official residence during the lockdown and accused him of lying to Parliament.

According to British media, at least 11 rallies were held on Downing Street – the official residence and office of the Prime Minister – or in other government departments, from May 2020 to April 2021. At that time there were specific regulations that limited the number of people who could be gathered in the same place. An internal investigation has already been launched to verify the facts.

Boris Johnson apologized

Last week, Johnson apologized to the House of Commons for attending such a drink party in Downing Street Garden in May 2020, but said he thought it was “concentration of work».

Cummings, the architect of Britain’s exit from the EU and Johnson’s former top adviser, left the government in November 2020. He tweeted that Johnson had agreed to have a normal party. «Not only me but other eyewitnesses who discussed it at the time would swear that this happened“, He wrote on his blog.

Last week, ITV aired an invitation sent by Johnson’s private secretary, Martin Reynolds, inviting participants to the May 20, 2020 party to “bring their drinks.”

Cummings said that after at least two people told Reynolds to cancel the invitation, he asked Johnson if it should be done and he agreed to proceed normally with his plan. Earlier, Johnson’s spokesman denied that the prime minister knew about the May 20 event. “It is untrue to say that the prime minister was informed or warned about this,” he said.

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