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    "We will trust the judgement of the English people," Johnson said. "We are the first to emerge from the Omicron wave. There were loud cheers in Parliament after Johnson finished making these announcements. The UK ends mandatory masking and vaxx passports.\n\nParliament cheers in response.pic.twitter.com/7feWkoUyXA — Aaron Ginn (@Aaron Ginn) 1642604432 "This is a moment we can all be proud of," Health Secretary Sajid Javid said at a press conference. "It is a reminder of what this country can accomplish when we all work together." U.K. health officials warned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not eradicated and that future variants will lead to surges of viral infections. But the nation will respond to COVID as an endemic virus, rather than a pandemic. "We must learn to live with COVID in the same way we live with the flu," Javid said. The change in coronavirus policy comes as many British lawmakers are calling for Johnson's resignation, following reports of parties and other supposedly prohibited gatherings at the prime minister's residence during the COVID-19 lockdown. Labour leaders opposed...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to resign in a feisty performance Wednesday in Parliament – but it may be too little to prevent a push by his Conservative Party's lawmakers to oust him over a series of lockdown-flouting government parties.  Pressure on the prime minister grew as one Conservative lawmaker defected to the opposition Labour Party and a former Conservative Cabinet minister told him: "In the name of God, go!"  The demand from former Brexit Secretary David Davis came during a combative Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons, where Johnson defended his government's record in running the economy, fighting crime and dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.  BORIS JOHNSON DENIES LYING ABOUT LOCKDOWN PARTIES AMID COVID PANDEMIC   In this screenshot taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (House of Commons/PA via AP) The allegations that Johnson and his staff broke restrictions the government imposed on the country have helped the Labour Party open up a double-digit opinion poll lead...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the end of all pandemic restrictions in the UK, amid growing calls for him to resign over accusations about alcohol-fueled parties at 10 Downing Street that broke his own government’s Covid protocols. Thus far, Johnson has refused to resign but is now facing calls from some of his fellow Tories to step down. The lifting of restrictions includes no longer asking people to work from home and no longer requiring masks in schools or at public events. Covid-19 cases have been falling in the UK, and 91 percent of people 12 years of age or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine (83 percent have also received a second dose and 64 percent have received a booster shot), according to government data. Those are two trends moving in the right direction, but Johnson is in hot water for what’s being called the “Partygate” scandal, as CNN’s Jim Sciutto reported Wednesday morning. “He’s facing some difficult politics,” said Scuitto, describing the “grilling” Johnson had faced during the Prime Minister’s Questions over “allegations he...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday that key COVID-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom will be dropped as early as next week as the politician faces calls to resign. Johnson addressed Parliament, announcing that measures such as mandated public mask-wearing, COVID-19 passports, and enforced self-isolation, all part of the country's "Plan B" COVID-19 response, will be shifted from compulsory edicts to optional guidelines. His statements were met with roaring cheers by members of Parliament. "This morning, the Cabinet concluded that because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public has responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire," Johnson said. "From the start of Thursday next week, mandatory certification will end." WATCH: BORIS JOHNSON OFFERS 'HEARTFELT APOLOGIES' FOR ATTENDING 'BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE' PARTY "From now on, the government is no longer asking people to work from home ... And having looked at the data carefully, the Cabinet concluded that once regulations lapse, the government will no longer...
    Speculation is mounting that most of England’s Plan B Covid restrictions will be scrapped later this month. A series of measures including working from home and Covid passports for certain venues were brought in last month to help tackle coronavirus as Omicrom cases increase. 1Boris Johnson is set to lift Plan B COVID restrictions in England in the coming weeksCredit: Alamy What is Plan B Covid in the UK? Plan B has seen the return of measures seen in the UK's various lockdowns. This includes making face coverings for most indoor venues, such as shops and cinema's, and vaccine passports will be mandatory in nightclubs and large-capacity venues. The UK has also been advised of returning to working from home where possible, and generally urging the public to behave more cautiously. Vaccine passports have also been extended to also include a negative lateral flow as sufficient proof of entry. Boris Johnson announced new Plan B measures on December 8, 2021, and they came into effect on Wednesday, December 15 after passing a parliament vote. He said the key response...
    From Thursday 27 January, the Conservative leader announced in Parliament that wearing a mask would no longer be legally mandatory, that telework would no longer be officially recommended and that the health pass would no longer be imposed to access nightclubs and some large gatherings. “As the Govt spreads, we need to replace legal obligations with advice and recommendations,” Boris Johnson pleaded. He said he did not want to extend the isolation rules when the Kovit-19 positive cases expire on March 24. This date may even be brought forward. “We are not legally asking people to isolate themselves if they have the flu,” he explained. More than 152,000 people have died in the UK from Covid 19 disease. The latest available data show a nearly 40% drop in the number of new weekly cases, while the number of patients admitted to the hospital has been confirmed. The number of intensive care patients who were low during the Omigron wave is also declining. The easing of these measures, which are seen as harsh by a section of the Conservative majority, is...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a severe threat to his leadership, as a number of Conservative MPs have begun plotting his ouster, it is claimed. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership is under threat, as a number of MPs from the premier’s Conservative Party plot an overthrow. Ever since news of a number of allegedly lockdown breaking gatherings emerged in the press, Johnson has since been — increasingly desperately — working to recover his party’s popularity as well as his own, deploying so-called “Operation Red Meat” policies to win back wavering voters. However, another food-based term has entered British politics in recent days —  the “Pork Pie Putsch”. The term was coined after a number of Conservative MPs met to discuss the PM’s future on Tuesday, with The Telegraph describing the etymology of the term as being based on the meeting’s host, Alicia Kearns, being the MP of a region associated with pork pies. Those who gathered at the meeting have reportedly told the publication that they had discussed writing letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister, with 54 letters...
    BORIS Johnson today announced Plan B WILL be completely scrapped back next Wednesday. Hated vaccine passports will be dumped along with the guidance to work from home and face masks. 3Boris Johnson has scrapped Plan BCredit: PA The PM said: "The cabinet concluded that because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the plan B, measures, we can return to plan a in England, and allow Plan B regulations to expire. As The Sun revealed, masks in classrooms will be dropped tomorrow and scrapped entirely in schools on January 26. Mr Johnson said: "While we must continue to remain cautious, the data are showing that time and again, this government, got the toughest decisions, right." Cabinet Ministers met this morning to flesh out the final changes ahead of the PM's update to MPs. Covid cases are falling as experts grow increasingly confident the country is over the hump of Omicron. Mr Johnson is also widely seen as dropping Plan B to sooth lockdown-hating rebels threatening to blow apart his premiership. A string...
    BORIS Johnson is back in the firing line today as he faces Keir Starmer at PMQs amid the worsening "Partygate" scandal and a Tory plot to oust him. Just minutes before he got to his feet in the Commons the PM was rocked by the news of a Conservative MP defecting to Labour. 3Boris Johnson faced a PMQs mauling todayCredit: PA 3Boris was rocked by the defection of a Tory MP to Labour moments before PMQsCredit: Reuters 3Sir Keir Starmer will target the PM on what he knew about No 10 partiesCredit: Sky News Christian Wakeford, a 2019 Red Waller representing Bury South, defected with a parting shot that the PM is "incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves". Boris faced jeers as he entered the chamber today and immediately had to fend off questions calling on him to resign. To laughing and cheers from the Labour backbenchers Sir Keir immediately stuck the knife in about the defection and No 10 parties. Welcoming Mr Wakeford, he said: "Like so many people up and...
    Or will he just be thrown to the lions? The Independent: What is a no confidence motion and what could it mean for Boris Johnson? Liberal Democrats have called for Conservatives to back vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson A motion of no confidence has been laid down by the Liberal Democrats as they seek to topple the Boris Johnson administration following a litany of claims of coronavirus rule-breaking in No 10. Here is a look at what the Lib Dems are proposing, what a no confidence vote entails and how it works. xPeople are saying “future prime minister” but I’m not sure there’s a need to wait.Give her a go now, Britons.pic.twitter.com/z2stpfB86X— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) January 18, 2022 NY Times: Omicron cases may be peaking in some U.S. states, but COVID-19 is overwhelming hospitals The United States is averaging over 790,000 new daily cases, a tally that includes an artificially low count on Monday, when many states did not release new data because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Deaths now exceed 1,900 a day, up 54 percent over the...
    London (CNN)UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in trouble. Large chunks of the British public are furious about reports of boozy summer garden evenings and Christmas parties at his Downing Street office, all taking place at a time when the rest of the country was under strict Covid-19 lockdowns.Two polls in the last week suggest as many as two-thirds of voters want Johnson to resign.So, is Boris Johnson's time at Number 10 over?It's too soon to tell.One factor that may work in his favor is that the process of getting rid of a sitting Conservative British prime minister is fairly complicated.Read MorePrime ministers are not elected directly by the public, of course -- Brits vote for their local member of Parliament, and the leader of the largest party in Parliament becomes prime minister. The United Kingdom doesn't have to hold another parliamentary election before 2024, so there's no way the average voter on the street can boot Johnson out now.Then why all this talk about him facing a confidence vote?The general public may not be able to vote Johnson out...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday denied misleading Parliament about lockdown-breaching parties as senior government ministers said he would have to resign if he was proven to have lied.  Former Johnson aide Dominic Cummings has said he is willing to swear under oath that the prime minister was warned in advance that a May 2020 garden party for Downing Street staff would break coronavirus restrictions.  Johnson denies he was warned. He told Parliament last week that he had attended the party, but considered it a work gathering that fell within the rules.  BORIS JOHNSON AWAITS ‘PARTYGATE’ REPORT  Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, greets a member of staff during a visit to Finchley Memorial Hospital in North London, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.  (Ian Vogler, Pool Photo via AP) "Nobody told me that what we were doing was … against the rules," Johnson told broadcasters on Tuesday. "When I went out into that garden I thought that I was attending a work event."  The garden party is one of a string of alleged rule-flouting government parties being investigated by senior...
    London (CNN)UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied claims he was told in advance that a "bring your own booze" party held in the garden of his residence at the height of a national lockdown was a potential breach of Covid-19 restrictions. Johnson continues to face criticism from politicians and the public over several parties allegedly held at 10 Downing Street which are now the subject of an inquiry. Last week Johnson was forced to apologize after it emerged that his principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, had emailed an invitation to more than 100 Downing Street staffers to "socially distanced drinks in the No. 10 garden" on May 20, 2020. At that time, people in England were banned from meeting with more than one other person outdoors, and would be legally punished for doing so. In workplaces, official guidance stated that in-person meetings should only take place if "absolutely necessary." In his apology, Johnson admitted to attending the gathering but said "I believed implicitly that this was a work event." But on Monday, Johnson's estranged former senior adviser Dominic Cummings...
    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday denied misleading Parliament about lockdown-breaching parties, as senior government ministers said he would have to resign if he was proven to have lied. Former Johnson aide Dominic Cummings has said he is willing to swear under oath that the prime minister was warned in advance that a May 2020 garden party for Downing Street staff would break coronavirus restrictions. Johnson denies he was warned. He told Parliament last week that he had attended the party, but considered it a work gathering that fell within the rules. “Nobody told me that what we were doing was … against the rules,” Johnson told broadcasters on Tuesday. “When I went out into that garden I thought that I was attending a work event.” The garden party is one of a string of alleged rule-flouting government parties being investigated by senior civil servant Sue Gray. Gray is due to report by the end of the month on claims government staff held late-night soirees, “bring your own booze” parties and “wine time Fridays” while...
    By Jill Lawless | Associated Press LONDON (AP) — As he fights for his career, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has one constant refrain: Wait for Sue Gray. Gray is a senior but previously obscure civil servant who may hold Johnson’s political future in her hands. She has the job of investigating allegations that the prime minister and his staff attended lockdown-flouting parties on government property. Related Articles As ‘partygate’ roils Britain, Johnson offers an apology Gray is due to report by the end of the month on claims government staff held late-night soirees, “bring your own booze” parties and “wine time Fridays” while Britain was under coronavirus restrictions in 2020 and 2021. The allegations have spawned public anger, incredulity and mockery, and prompted some in the governing Conservative Party to call for Johnson’s resignation. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, seen here at a news conference in December, has acknowledged attending one event, a May 2020 garden party, but says he considered it a work event. (Tolga Akmen/Pool via Associated Press) The prime minister last week made a contrite, carefully...
    As he fights for his career, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has one constant refrain: Wait for Sue Gray.  Gray is a senior but previously obscure civil servant who may hold Johnson’s political future in her hands. She has the job of investigating allegations that the prime minister and his staff attended lockdown-flouting parties on government property.  Gray is due to report by the end of the month on claims government staff held late-night soirees, "bring your own booze" parties and "wine time Fridays" while Britain was under coronavirus restrictions in 2020 and 2021. The allegations have spawned public anger, incredulity and mockery, and prompted some in the governing Conservative Party to call for Johnson’s resignation.  EX-JOHNSON AIDE SAYS SORRY FOR PARTY ON EVE OF PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL  This undated photo issued on Jan. 13, 2022 by GOV.UK shows Sue Gray, second permanent secretary at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. (GOV.UK via AP) The prime minister last week made a contrite, carefully worded apology in Parliament, but stopped short of admitting rule-breaking and urged everyone to wait for...
    Boris Johnson appears to have rediscovered the concept of border control, having promised to deploy the Navy to secure the channel in a bid to boost his waning popularity. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to deploy the UK military to secure the UK’s English Channel border in order to curb the ongoing migrant crisis, in a move seemingly designed to give the embattled PM’s waning popularity a boost. Johnson, in response to collapsing support from the public as well as within his own party, has reportedly deployed “Operation Red Meat”, involving the implementation of measures that would be hoped to appeal to his voters, such as the rapid reeling in of the channel migrant crisis. According to a report by the BBC, the Royal Navy is to take over operations in the English Channel aiming to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Europe. A report in The Times over the weekend meanwhile claimed that the PM was also looking at sending migrants to Ghana and Rwanda for processing, instead of dealing with them domestically. One government spokesman told the...
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with pupils in a maths class as he makes a constituency visit to Oakwood School on January 10, 2022 in Uxbridge, England.Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's position is looking increasingly vulnerable as more reports emerge of parties and gatherings in Downing Street during periods of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. Kier Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, accused Johnson of breaking Covid laws amid numerous allegations of parties and gatherings that were held by government staff, with some attended by Johnson, during lockdown. In the last few days more reports of parties have emerged, with Downing Street apologizing to Queen Elizabeth after it has emerged that two parties took place on the eve of Prince Phillip's funeral in April 2021, in which it's alleged that a staff member was sent out to buy a "suitcase of wine." Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Starmer said Johnson had "lied" about what he called "industrial scale partying" in Downing Street. "The facts speak for...
    EMBATTLED Boris Johnson is to enlist the Royal Navy to help combat migrant Channel crossings as he launches a policy blitz in a bid to cling on to his job. The PM also plans to ban boozing in Downing Street and fire failing advisers as he attempts to draw a line under partygate as part of his “Operation Red Meat” initiative. 4Boris Johnson is to enlist the Royal Navy to help combat migrant crossingsCredit: Getty Mr Johnson will also vow to turbo-charge growth across the North and Midlands when he publishes the Government’s long-awaited Levelling Up plan next week. Yet former Cabinet ministers said the PM’s populist initiatives do not go far enough to save his skin — and by last night six Tory MPs had gone public to call for him to quit. Under Mr Johnson’s drive, the Navy would take over from the Border Force within the next few weeks in the battle to prevent migrants crossing the Channel in small boats to get into the UK. Government insiders believe the sight of Navy vessels patrolling will deter...
    BY all the laws of political gravity, Boris is doomed – clinging by his fingertips until Dominic Cummings chooses to finish him off with hobnailed boots. Even a barrage of “red meat” policies to tempt unhappy voters is unlikely to save this Prime Minister. 1By all the laws of political gravity, Boris Johnson is doomed If so, the most remarkable politician of our age will be paying a high price indeed for a shockingly ill-timed BYOB party. It’s all his own fault, of course. He has ducked all the rules of survival, made it up as he went along and refused the best advice from well-meaning allies.He will be evicted just as he leads us from the pandemic which almost cost him his life. The shortest Downing Street reign in living memory will end as the last Covid shackles are broken and the economy bursts back with the fastest recovery in Europe. BoJo’s many enemies in the Tory party and elsewhere, especially the Remainiacs, the Whitehall Blob and the BBC, are already licking their lips. They will be joined by...
    ON the day Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, he got a text from Winston Churchill’s grandson. His old friend Sir Nicholas Soames, told me: “I texted Boris saying that when my grandfather became Prime Minister, he opened a bottle of champagne with the family. 2Winston Churchill's grandson texted Boris on the day he became Prime MinisterCredit: Getty 2The story of his premiership has elements that resemble the box-set The SopranosCredit: AP:Associated Press And he proposed a toast, ‘Here’s to not buggering it up’. “And I said to Boris, ‘I pray for all our sakes that you don’t bugger it up’. And that is my hope for Boris.” “And what is your fear?” I asked Soames. “My fear is that he could bugger it up.” After 907 days in No 10, Johnson knows he is on the very edge of fulfilling his friend’s darkest fear. The story of his premiership so far has resembled a Netflix box-set penned by a scriptwriter on speed, blending Shakespeare, Monty Python and The Sopranos. So how does the trouble that Johnson...
    LOVE him or loathe him, there is no denying that Boris Johnson treats this country like a demanding, dim-witted, large-breasted mistress who constantly needs to be calmed down, fobbed off and placated. Promise her anything! 4Boris Johnson is facing incredible pressure to resign amid the lockdown parties scandal. The PM is pictured stuck on a zip line in London in 2012Credit: Barcroft Media 4Don’t cling to the keys to 10 Downing Street out of wounded vanity, if you can’t get a grip your end is nigh. Boris pictured in a bike in the West Midlands last yearCredit: AP Cheaper energy bills after Brexit? Slashed taxes and sun-lit uplands for all? Controlling our borders? No problem, darling. More wine and a sliver of this delicious Brie? But even as he clings to power by his chewed fingernails, it is worth contemplating: Would Boris Johnson’s replacement really be better at navigating our way out of this 21st century plague called Covid-19? Perhaps it is already too late to wonder. It is entirely possible the corrosive narrative Boris has created — the perception...
    BORIS Johnson’s Premiership is on “death row” as he faces a two-week battle to save his political neck. The PM has been warned he is in for the fight of his life as top Tories held emergency talks over when to bring his 907 days in office to a swift end. 5Boris Johnson’s premiership was on 'death row' last night as he faced a two-week battle to save his neckCredit: EPA 5Boris's beleaguered performance in the Commons this week was in stark contrast to images of him celebrating the 2019 election win 5Tory MP Nigel Mills, said the image of a boozy party at No10 hours before the Queen mourned her husband alone had caused widespread revulsionCredit: Reuters One senior figure yesterday claimed up to 35 MPs had already sent letters of no confidence to backbenchers’ leader Sir Graham Brady. If he receives 19 more, Mr Johnson will face a vote which would oust him as PM — and force a new leadership contest. A Cabinet source said: “Boris is toast and deep down he knows that. He’s not stupid....
    BOOZE is to be banned in Downing Street as the PM acts to end the party culture threatening his premiership. Staff will be ordered to restrict their drinking to off the premises and outside working hours in future. 3Boris Johnson is to ban booze in Downing Street as he acts to end the party culture threatening his premiershipCredit: PA Number 10 office areas will be declared “dry” under a plan being considered by Mr Johnson as he tries to clean up his government’s battered reputation. He is convinced that the only way is to ban all alcohol behind the famous black door - apart from at official receptions in state function rooms. It has been claimed that staff held “wine time Fridays” to let off steam while indoor socialising was banned under pandemic rules. Last month a £150 drinks fridge was delivered to keep bottles of white win, Prosecco and beer cool. A senior Tory said: “Even when there isn’t a pandemic on, people in government shouldn’t be having drinks in the office. “I know they have been working hard...
    Pinning hopes on the Gray escape.. BORIS JOHNSON’S lack of grip over the Downing Street lockdown parties and their fallout has been staggering. The Prime Minister has admitted joining one bash as voters endured strict restrictions which prevented them seeing dying loved ones. 2The Prime Minister admitted joining one bash as voters endured strict restrictions which prevented them seeing dying loved onesCredit: Darren Fletcher At another do, a fridge was stocked with booze while the nation prepared to mark the death of Prince Philip. We report today that around 35 Tory MPs have submitted no confidence letters in the PM to the backbench 1922 Committee. That was before they returned to their constituencies this weekend to face the full ire of furious voters. Another 20 or so letters will trigger a disastrous leadership contest that could seal his fate. Exasperatingly for supporters, his issues are largely self-inflicted. Being leader is about tough decisions — and Boris has taken many as PM, including his gamble over our successful vaccine roll-out. But his response to the slew of allegations over partygate...
    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and several Tory MPs have demanded that Boris Johnson resign over the litany of apparent boozy breaches of lockdown by the government. The leader of Britain’s left-wing Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, has called for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after reports of regular “wine-time Friday” gatherings at the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence during lockdown. In a speech delivered to the Fabian Society in London on Saturday, Starmer called the prime minister’s position “untenable” and demanded Johnson “do the honourable thing and call it a day for the good of the country,” Sky News reported. Johnson’s government has been accused of multiple lockdown breaches throughout the pandemic and even held two Downing Street parties on the 16th of April 2021, the night before Prince Philip’s funeral. The UK government apologised to Queen Elizabeth II  this week after the gatherings were revealed in the press. Despite having been embroiled in his own alleged rule-breaking scandal, Starmer branded Johnson as a “broken spectacle” who is “mired in deceit and deception”, and therefore is “unable to lead”. The Labour...
    GARY NEVILLE and Jamie Carragher took aim at Boris Johnson - joking about parties ahead of Brighton's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. The pair jokingly warned both teams to treat the match as a work event despite the party-like atmosphere Friday Night Football often produces. Gary ???? "We get these Friday night matches, and we always seem to get a massive party."Carra ???? "Lets be straight this is not a party tonight, this is about work."@Carra23 | @GNev2 ???? pic.twitter.com/c6BV1Adxvu— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 14, 2022 1Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher mocked Boris Johnson over the alleged parties Neville and Carragher were of course referencing Boris' claim that the alleged May 2020 Downing Street party was instead a work event. Neville said on Sky Sports: "We get these Friday Night Football matches - we were at the Brentford one last time and it was absolutely fantastic. We always seem to get a massive party." Carragher then took over, adding: "Let's be straight though this is not a party tonight this is about work. "If you speak to Graham Potter,...
    London (CNN)There is never a good time for a sitting government to become consumed by a political scandal so severe that its leader faces daily calls to resign. But as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is embroiled in a crisis over allegations of numerous parties held in Downing Street while the rest of the UK was in lockdown, sparking national outrage, the timing is particularly tortuous for the governing Conservative party. For weeks, Johnson and his loyalists tried to wait out the scandal by refusing to answer even the simplest of questions related to some of the parties, as a steady drip of revelations emerged on an almost daily basis. But news of a "bring your own booze" party held in the Downing Street garden at the height of the UK's first coronavirus lockdown forced the Prime Minister to apologize this week and admit he attended the event. On Friday, the scandal worsened as it was revealed that a party was held in Downing Street the night before the funeral of Prince Philip. It was noted at the time that due to Covid-19...
    It’s been nothing short of a grueling week for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s facing an onslaught of public condemnation after several explosive reports exposed his government for hosting clandestine parties during lockdown, COVID be damned. But will the controversy, aptly dubbed “partygate” by the English press, be the political nail in the coffin for the scandal-plagued prime minister? “The idea that he’s saying something with an apparently straight face, which every single person knows is not true, is really damaging,” said The Daily Beast’s Nico Hines on Friday’s The World This Week. “People in Britain have a certain respect for a scalawag chancer, someone who doesn’t really play by the rules… But what they’re finding out now is that he’s laughing at them, and nobody likes to be laughed at or lied to to their face. He’s really got himself on the wrong side of the argument this time.” AFP’s Dave Clark pointed to one sure-fire sign Johnson may be inching toward his political grave: the fact that the most recent revelations were reported by a publication...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office has apologised to Queen Elizabeth II for two parties held in Downing Street last year on the eve of the funeral for the British Monarch’s consort, Prince Philip. In the latest round of leaks concerning government officials partying it up in Downing Street while the rest of the nation was under draconian lockdown measures, Number 10 staff reportedly held two parties on April 16th of 2021. The parties, according to a report from the The Telegraph, are believed to have lasted until the early hours of the morning. The revelry came just one day before Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, was laid to rest after passing away at the age of 99. At the time of the funeral, England was under “step two” of the lockdown roadmap restrictions, preventing Britions from mixing indoors. Mourners of Prince Philip were even told not to leave flowers for the beloved prince over concerns of spreading the Chinese virus. As a result of the strict lockdown measures at the time, the Queen was forced to self-isolate and sit alone while...
    Boris Johnson's office on Friday apologized to the royal family for holding staff parties in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral last year — the latest in a string of allegedly lockdown-breaching gatherings that are threatening to topple the British prime minister.  Farewell parties for Johnson's departing spin doctor and another staffer, complete with late-night drinking and dancing, took place on April 16, 2021, the night before Queen Elizabeth II sat alone at the funeral of her husband because of social distancing rules in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Johnson spokesman Jamie Davies said the government acknowledged that news of the gatherings had caused "significant public anger."  EX-JOHNSON AIDE SAYS SORRY FOR PARTY ON EVE OF PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL   Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in London, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) "It’s deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No. 10 has apologized to the palace," he said, using a term for the...
    The photo of Queen Elizabeth II sitting alone at her husband’s funeral last year because of pandemic rules broke hearts around the world. What we didn’t known until now is that, at the moment it was taken, the people who created those laws were hungover from a party which had raged into the early hours of that morning. The humiliation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government has been accused of breaking lockdown rules repeatedly to get drunk together, appeared complete Friday when his spokesman confirmed that the PM’s office has apologized to the queen for a lockdown-breaking party that took place hours before she sat by herself at Prince Philip’s funeral in April. To make matters worse, Britain was in a period of public mourning at the time. Flags were at half-staff on government buildings, including Downing Street, where the party was rocking. Philip’s coffin was lying in a private chapel in Windsor Castle. An explosive report from The Daily Telegraph on Thursday night exposed the gathering for the first time. It said a farewell party was held for...
    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologies for attending lockdown party - BBC News www.youtube.com In May 2020, the U.K. government, at Johnson's direction, restricted people from leaving their houses without a reasonable excuse and only allowed people to meet with one person outside their households in an outdoor setting while exercising.What was the reaction?As Johnson attempted to ease concerns over the party in his House of Commons speech, jeers and boos could be heard in the chamber from members of Parliament. The response afterward was much sharper. Addressing Parliament, opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer called Johnson’s excuse “so ridiculous that it’s actually offensive to the British public” and demanded that Johnson “do the decent thing and resign.” In a tweet Wednesday, Starmer said, "The party is over Boris Johnson. Resign." The party is over @BorisJohnson.\n\nResign. — Keir Starmer (@Keir Starmer) 1641989225 Four lawmakers from Johnson's own party publicly demanded he quit, the Wall Street Journal reported. William Wragg characterized the prime minister's position as "untenable," adding, "I don't think it should be left to the findings of...
    (CNN)On May 20, 2020, we registered my father's death from Covid-19. Remember that date. It turned out to be important.His name was Shaun Brady. He was a proud factory worker at the Heinz Kraft plant in Wigan, in the North West of England. He was brilliant, honest and kind. He didn't think much of himself, but we thought the world of him, and he thought the world of us. Dad was only 55. He loved cooking healthy food and went to the gym three or four times a week. But when the pandemic hit, he stuck to the lockdown rules. However, as a designated key worker, Dad had to keep attending his workplace in person. So even though his employer put in place measures to make work safer, Dad had to take public transport into work each day. And he got Covid-19.Dad fought the virus. But on April 2, 2020, his health deteriorated to the point he was taken to hospital by ambulance. A few days later he went into a coma. Gradually, the virus destroyed his lungs, then his...
    With varying degrees of enthusiasm, senior British government ministers on Thursday expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country’s first coronavirus lockdown.  Many other Conservatives held their tongues, waiting to see whether the crisis threatening Johnson’s premiership will fade or intensify.  Johnson apologized in the House of Commons on Wednesday for attending a "bring your own booze" party in the garden of the prime minister’s Downing Street office and residence in May 2020. About 100 staff were invited by a senior prime ministerial aide to what was billed as a "socially distanced drinks" event.  UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON APOLOGIZES AS PRESSURE MOUNTS FOR HIM TO RESIGN OVER ‘PARTYGATE’  Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement ahead of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (House of Commons/PA via AP) At the time Britons were banned by law from meeting more than one person outside their households as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Millions were...
    A CONSERVATIVE MP could be suspended after he failed to apologise properly for bullying members of staff. Daniel Kawczynski, who represtents Shrewsbury and Atcham, abused members of parliamentary staff last year. 3Daniel Kawczynski could be suspended after a report looked into his behaviourCredit: Alamy 3it comes as another hammer blow for the PM who has had a nightmare 24 hoursCredit: pixel8000 The Commons Standards Committee has now recommended that the Tory MP should be suspended after their hearing. Kawczynski ranted in a  "threatening and intimidating manner"   at parliament employees when he could not join a virtual meeting and made complaints about them while drunk. He was ordered to apologise in June last year after Standards Commissioner Kathryne Stone found him guilty of bullying. But he then admitted on the same day as his apology that he did not mean it and was only going through the motions to avoid being suspended from the House.  That prompted a new inquiry into his behaviour, after the committee found that interviews he gave did not comply with the apology. In the latest report...
    LONDON (AP) — With varying degrees of enthusiasm, senior British government ministers on Thursday expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country’s first coronavirus lockdown. Many other Conservatives held their tongues, waiting to see whether the crisis threatening Johnson’s premiership will fade or intensify. Johnson apologized in the House of Commons on Wednesday for attending a “bring your own booze” party in the garden of the prime minister’s Downing Street office and residence in May 2020. About 100 staff were invited by a senior prime ministerial aide to what was billed as a “socially distanced drinks” event. At the time Britons were banned by law from meeting more than one person outside their households as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Millions were cut off from family and friends, and even barred from visiting dying relatives in hospitals. Johnson said he understood public “rage,” but stopped short of admitting wrongdoing, saying he had considered the gathering a work event to thank staff for...
    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: British prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference at 10 Downing Street.WPA Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leadership is on a knife-edge as a scandal over "parties" held at Downing Street — and allegedly in various other government departments — during Covid-19 lockdowns in the U.K. has prompted calls for his resignation. Senior Conservative Party officials are calling on Johnson to quit after he admitted on Wednesday that he had attended a garden drinks party at Downing Street, the prime minister's office and which he lives next door to, during lockdown when the public were barred from seeing more than one person in an outdoor setting that they didn't live with. Reports of parties while the British public sacrificed their freedoms and social lives, not to mention their time with loved ones, has caused widespread anger. The senior officials are questioning whether Johnson can still command the respect of the party, and the country. CNBC has a guide to "partygate" and why Johnson's time...
    End this saga THE Sun demanded an apology from Boris Johnson over the Downing Street party and yesterday we got it . . . kind of. Saying sorry, admitting that he and No10 made mistakes, was the PM’s least bad option. At best, it has bought him a little time before civil servant Sue Gray rules on exactly what happened. 2Boris Johnson must accept the verdict of Ms Gray's investigation But his own regretful mitigation — that the garden bash was a “work event” he briefly wandered into — looks a stretch. And the Tories surely fear that too many voters’ patience with Boris is now exhausted, regardless of whether the gathering is ultimately decreed to have been technically within his Covid rules. Going to a party isn’t crime of the century, for all Keir Starmer’s theatrical efforts to portray it so. But voters loathe hypocrisy. It rankles with the vast majority, who made huge sacrifices to stick to the letter and spirit of the law. The pressure is on Ms Gray, on whose judgement the Prime Minister’s fate...
    “MR Speaker, I want to apologise.” Boris Johnson’s grovelling apology to the House of Commons was as dramatic as it was abject. 4Boris Johnson's grovelling won't save him - his legendary capacity for dodging bullets has run out of steam 4The PM knows MPs and ministers are privately and publicly dismayed at the optics of a government partying while voters mourn their loved onesCredit: EPA The question now is not if or when he will be challenged as Prime Minister but how. Public opinion is settled. Two out of three voters want him out of Downing Street. Four out of ten Tories agree. Yesterday’s performance is unlikely to change those views. Boris has been on a final warning since losing rock-solid North Shropshire in last month’s catastrophic by-election. His legendary capacity for dodging bullets has run out of steam amid a near-total collapse in public trust. Most read in NewsROYAL SHOWDOWN Andrew WILL face court battle with Virginia as judge rules against himBOJO OH-NO Piers says Boris is in 'big trouble' after 'humiliating' PMQs over No10 partyCREATOR 'KILLED' TikTok star...
    Information Warning – He maintained his innocence with his crane and claws and told anyone who wanted to hear it that he strictly followed the prison rules. It is time to acknowledge and apologize. This is the incident that has shaken his popularity the most since Boris Johnson took office. The wave of anger caused by the expressionParties10 Downing Street is held in a fully locked position and is spectacular in the UK. Today, several weeks after denying his intervention, the Prime Minister realized the facts and apologized. Boris Johnson has always said he did not attend parties at 10 Downing Street In 2020, the UK was shaken by the Covid-19, in response to which the government ordered stricter control, leading many Britons to be cut off from their families and friends. At the same time, some MPs and government members defied their own recommendations for pizza, drinks and evenings to play and have fun together. The British were outraged by this two speed law. Following the revelations, Bojo’s former spokeswoman Alegra Stratton announced her resignation. He was seen...
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized on Wednesday after admitting he attended a Downing Street garden party in May 2020, adding that he believed it was a work event at the time. "I want to apologize," Johnson said, addressing lawmakers in the House of Commons. “I know the rage they feel with me and with the government I lead when they think in Downing Street itself, the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules.” 'SIT DOWN, KAREN!': WOMAN SLAPS MAN AND SPITS AT HIM FOR NOT WEARING MASK ON PLANE “There were things we simply did not get right,” Johnson added, “and I must take that responsibility.” Johnson insisted that he believed the "bring your own booze" event was work-related at the time. He said he understood the public ridicule he received for attending the event, as he was meanwhile instructing people to stay inside and not congregate over concern for the coronavirus. Johnson's confession and apology came after weeks of misleading statements regarding the existence...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended a week of avoidance Wednesday and apologized for attending a garden party during Britain’s coronavirus lockdown in 2020. Johnson acknowledged for the first time he joined the May 2020 garden party at his Downing Street office, though he said he had considered it a work event to thank his staff for their efforts. “I want to apologize. … With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside,” Johnson told lawmakers in the House of Commons, before adding there are things his government “did not get right.” Johnson’s lunchtime appearance at the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons was his first public showing since details of the party emerged. He spoke as critics from his own Conservatives and the opposition benches demanded answers. "I want to apologise. I know that millions of people have made extraordinary sacrifices" Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologies to public after attending party held at No 10 during lockdown#PMQs https://t.co/HUp5JDSfRU pic.twitter.com/XJx8Ra1hZ2 — BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 12, 2022 Nigel Farage Warns Boris Johnson May Be Out ‘Sooner Than...
    Boris Johnson’s ‘cheeky chappy’ approach to managing political crises is failing Brexit leader Farage said, as Tory support for the Prime Minister begins to seriously wane amid the growing lockdown-busting party scandal. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure from all sides over the most recent allegations regarding lockdown breaking gatherings at Downing Street in 2020. While seemingly having managed to survive previous iterations of the controversy, a recently leaked email inviting those in Downing Street to come to a “bring your own booze” garden gathering in 2020 has proven more difficult to dismiss for the Prime Minister. According to a report from The Telegraph, a number of Conservative party politicians have now warned that Johnson must resign his position as PM if it is the case that he broke lockdown rules. “You cannot put in place these rules, you cannot be the head of the Government that is asking people to follow these rules and then breaking those rules yourself,” said Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party. “If the Prime Minister has misled parliament, then he must...
    Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the British Labour Party, laced into Boris Johnson during Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions session, mocking the PM for claiming he didn’t know he attended a party during a government-decreed lockdown and demanding his resignation. For those unfortunately unaware of how the British Parliament works, the Prime Minister regularly takes questions from Members of Parliament, where he faces fierce confrontation like he did in this instance from the leader of the opposition party. Johnson opened the session with an apology for attending a “Pandemic Party” which the New York Times described: Facing a potentially lethal threat to his leadership, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Wednesday offered a contrite apology in Parliament for attending a garden party at 10 Downing Street while the country was under lockdown. He acknowledged that he had deeply offended the public, even as he claimed that he had not breached his government’s regulations on gatherings during the early days of the pandemic. “I want to apologize,” Mr. Johnson said during an extraordinarily tense session of Prime Minister’s Questions. “I know there...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized Wednesday for attending a garden party during Britain’s coronavirus lockdown in 2020, but brushed aside opposition demands that he resign for breaching the rules his own government had imposed.  Johnson is facing a tide of anger from public and politicians over claims he and his staff flouted pandemic restrictions by socializing when it was banned. Some members of his Conservative Party have joined in the criticism, saying he must quit if he can’t quell the furor.  Johnson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he went to a May 2020 garden party at his Downing Street office, though he said that he had considered it a work event to thank staff for their efforts during the pandemic.  BORIS JOHNSON FACES ACCUSATIONS HE THREW PARTY DURING LOCKDOWNS Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson pauses during a coronavirus media briefing in Downing Street, London, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Jack Hill, Pool Photo via AP, File) "I want to apologize. … With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside," Johnson told lawmakers in the House of Commons. ...
    Social media has been flooded with memes mocking Boris Johnson after he was forced to apologise for hosting a 'party' in the Downing Street garden in May 2020.  Mr Johnson today finally admitted he went to a 'party' in the Downing Street garden at the height of lockdown - but argued he thought it was a 'work event' and 'technically' within the rules.  Social media erupted into a hive of memes mocking Mr Johnson, with one showing Ant and Dec in a fit of giggles - alluding to the television presenters' regular jibes at the Government.  One joke has previously seen Ant explain a prime minister's job is to 'look dishevelled, give easy jobs to their mates & make it up as they go along'.  Ryanair posted an image of the Prime Minister's face edited onto a popular meme showing dancing party-goers with the caption 'Boris Johnson for 25 minutes on 20 May 2020' and 'I don't know I'm at a party' next to Mr Johnson's face.   Another meme showed a scene from popular cartoon The Simpson's with a stunned Homer...
    London (CNN Business)Ryanair has restarted one of its most popular services: trolling Boris Johnson.The budget airline posted a spoof summer drinks menu on its Twitter account on Tuesday, mocking the prime minister over a "bring your own booze" event that was held in Downing Street's garden at the height of the United Kingdom's first Covid-19 lockdown.The parody inflight drinks include a "Bojohito" that includes a "dash of deceitfulness" and a "Virgin Vax on the Beach" — though passengers can "bring [their] own booze" to give it a kick. On Monday, it emerged that Johnson's principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, had emailed an invitation to more than 100 Downing Street staffers to "socially distanced drinks in the No. 10 garden" on May 20, 2020.The email, which has been independently confirmed by CNN, told guests to "make the most of the lovely weather." Johnson admitted in parliament on Wednesday that he attended the event.Read MoreRyanair twisted the knife again as outrage grew on Wednesday, when it posted a picture of a Wordle — the popular word game — spelling out "RULES". "It...
    PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has been mocked online for claiming that he thought that the Downing Street party was a “work event”. The trolling started after the PM finally admitted that he did attend the garden party and apologised – but claimed he believed it was a work event. 3Credit: PA 3NINTCHDBPICT000704733003Credit: Twitter He told furious MP’s in the House of Commons that he had only gone into the garden for 25 minutes before going back to work. Twitter has exploded with hundreds of users reacting to his comments, many poking fun at Boris’s claims. One user compared the Prime Minster to Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film Wolf of Wall Street. Another mocked up a mem of the Prime Minister taking part in hit show “Would I Lie to You” – with the caption “I once spent 25 minutes at a party but mistook it for a work event. Others showed Johnsons face superimposed onto people drinking in the street, while another changed a war time poster to say “rules only apply to you.” Humbled BoJo...
    BORIS Johnson today APOLOGISED as he finally admitted attending a lockdown-busting drinks bash at Downing Street. After 24 hours of chaos and questions the PM came clean about the garden party - but claimed he was there for just 25 minutes and it was a "work event". 4Boris Johnson breaks cover at PMQs today 4The PM leaves No10 this morningCredit: AP Humbled BoJo told MPs: "I certainly wish that things would have happened differently on the evening of May the 20th and I apologise for all the misjudgements that have been made, for which I take full responsibility." The PM said he went into the sunshine to "thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later, to continue working. I believed implicitly that this was a work event." But today he grovelled: "With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside and found some other way to thank them. "I should have recognised that even if it did fall within guidance, there would be millions of people who would simply not see it that way"....