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Boris Johnson apologizes for attending Downing Street garden party – POLITICO

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LONDON – Boris Johnson apologized after admitting to attending an aperitif in the garden at 10 Downing Street during the lockdown, but claimed he believed it was a “work event”.

At the start of the Prime Minister’s Questions, Johnson told the UK parliament: “I want to apologize. I know millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices in the past 18 months. “

Johnson said he “knew the angst they went through” and acknowledged that there were things “we just didn’t fully understand”.

The Prime Minister added that on May 20, 2020, when his senior assistant Martin Reynolds called on more than 100 Downing Street employees to ‘make the most of the time’, he ‘implicitly believed it was an event professional “.

Looking back, Johnson said, he should have sent everyone home.

Labor leader Keir Starmer called his account “ridiculous” and called on Johnson to step down.


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