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Newark MP Robert Jenrick responds to government 'bring your own booze' party during coronavirus lockdown

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An MP has spoken out following the leak an email inviting more than 100 Downing Street staff to a garden party at the height of the first coronavirus lockdown.

The party is said to have taken place on May 20 2020, a time when meeting more than one other person outdoors was banned.

The email sent on behalf of Martin Reynolds, principal private secretary to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: "Hi all,

"After what has been an incredibly busy period we thought it would be nice to make the most of this lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No10 garden this evening.

"Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze."

Number 10 Downing Street (46890898)
Number 10 Downing Street (46890898)

This comes after the release of a photo last month of Boris Johnson and others with wine and cheese in the Number 10 garden during lockdown, which has been described as a work meeting.

There are now calls for Boris Johnson to resign from his position.

Talking about the party on May 20, Newark MP Robert Jenrick said: “I think many people will be taken aback by these revelations and understandably angry and upset.

Robert Jenrick. Credit: Number 10. (47365284)
Robert Jenrick. Credit: Number 10. (47365284)

"There is an investigation ongoing by a civil servant, which may provide some explanations, but the public will want to know what happened, why and that there is accountability.”

Sherwood MP Mark Spencer was also approached for comment.

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