An image of Boris Johnson attending a Christmas quiz in Downing Road throughout lockdown final 12 months is amplifying criticism of the U.Okay. prime minister.
Johnson already needed to apologize this week for a video displaying Downing Road officers joking a few employees social gathering held through the peak of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown final December. Newest experiences say he hosted a quiz for Downing Road staffers on December 15, three days earlier than the alleged social gathering.
On the time, London was below strict lockdown restrictions banning social mixing between households. Tips acknowledged: “You have to not have a piece Christmas lunch or social gathering, the place that could be a primarily social exercise and isn’t in any other case permitted.”
“Regardless of repeated denials, it now transpires that there have been quite a few events, gatherings and the Prime Minister even took half in a festive quiz,” Angela Rayner, deputy chief of the opposition Labour Get together, wrote on Twitter. “Boris Johnson presided over a tradition of disregarding the foundations on the coronary heart of presidency.”
The social gathering revelations seem like hurting Johnson within the polls. Even earlier than the Christmas quiz image was printed, a poll by the Observer on Saturday confirmed Labour had surged to a nine-point lead over the governing Conservative Get together.
A spokesperson for the prime minister’s workplace confirmed the quiz had taken place however stated it was “digital” and the PM was concerned solely “briefly.”
“This was a digital quiz. Downing Road employees have been usually required to be within the workplace to work on the pandemic response so those that have been within the workplace for work might have attended just about from their desks,” stated an announcement from No. 10 quoted by the Mirror. “The prime minister briefly took half just about in a quiz to thank employees for his or her exhausting work all year long.”
Schooling Secretary Nadhim Zahawi additionally insisted Johnson was “respecting the lockdown guidelines.” He instructed Sky Information: “What will we see in that image? We see a chief minister on a digital quiz night time for 10 to fifteen minutes to thank his employees.”