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Boris Johnson knew about No10 drinks party and lied to Parliament, Dominic Cummings claims



The former chief adviser said on Monday Mr Johnson “waved it aside” when he raised concerns over principal private secretary Martin Reynolds inviting more than 100 people to a “bring your own booze” event in the garden at Downing Street.

Mr Cummings said regarding that day alone, “never mind the string of other events”, the Prime Minister “lied to Parliament about parties” by insisting he had been assured no events had taken place that would have broken coronavirus rules.

“Not only me but other eyewitnesses who discussed this at the time would swear under oath this is what happened,” he said.

The Prime Minister has faced huge pressure to resign over the Partygate scandal that saw the Prime Minister forced to apologise and admit he attended the event at PMQs last week . He has argued he believed it was a work event that could “technically” have been within the rules.

If it is established that Mr Johnson knew in advance about the party and lied to parliament in saying he believed it was a “work event”, his position would likely become untenable

Mr Cummings says that, after Martin Reynolds sent the invitation “a very senior official replied by email saying the invite broke the rules”.

Mr Cummings claims Mr Reynolds told him he would “check with the PM if he’s happy for it to go ahead”, on 20 May 2020.

“I am sure he did check with the PM. (I think it very likely another senior official spoke to the PM about it but I am not sure)”.

Mr Johnson refused to sack Dominic Cummings over his lockdown visit to Barnard Castle in 2020 (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Mr Cummings has written on his substack blog: “The events of 20 May alone, never mind the string of other events, mean the PM lied to Parliament about parties.



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