How Brits spent their lockdown birthdays as Boris enjoyed 'party'

‘Our three-year-old daughter couldn’t have a party’: How Brits spent their lockdown birthdays as Boris enjoyed a ‘partyin No10 in June 2020

  • Boris Johnson faces criticism over Downing Street birthday event in June 2020
  • It is claimed 30 people attended ‘partywith a cake and Happy Birthday sung
  • Op daardie stadium, gatherings limited to two people from different households indoors
  • On same day Britons posted on social media about having birthday in lockdown
  • Some enjoyed a takeaway delivery, while others watched family through window
  • Drinks at home, a KFC delivery and presents exchanged through windowsthat is how locked-down Britons celebrated their birthdays in June 2020.

    While Prime Minister Boris Johnson enjoyed cake with Downingstraat colleagues to mark his 56th birthday on June 19, 2020, families were forced to keep their distance due to the Government’s tough Covid rules.

    One Briton enjoyed a rendition of ‘Happy Birthdayby their family from two-meters away as they stood at their porch.

    Others watched-on eagerly through the window as their family members celebrated without them inside.

    Op daardie stadium, social gatherings were limited to two people from different households indoors, and six people outdoors.

    With anger rising anger at the Downing Street birthday ‘party’, the latest revelation in the ongoing ‘party-gate’ ry, Scotland Yard chief Dame Cressida Dick today added to Mr Johnson woes by announcing that the force has now launched a probe into lockdown breaches in Downing Street and Whitehall over the past two years.

    Dame Cressida said the Met had been liaising with the Cabinet Office, where top civil servant Sue Gray has been carrying out a separate inquiry.

    The announcement will likely intensify a Tory mutiny against Mr Johnson, although it is not clear whether he was personally involved in any of the the incidents under criminal investigation.

    As tension within the Conservative party grows, the anger on social media has continued to boil over, with people taking to Twitter to compare their lockdown compliant birthday parties to the Downing Street ‘party’ in Junie 2020.

    Een persoon, sharing a picture of family members singing happy birthday from at least two meters, wrote on Twitter today: ‘May 2020 – my birthday celebration.

    ‘I would have quite liked a Marks and Spencer cake and a gathering, but I had Happy Birthday sung to me from afar instead.

    While Prime Minister Boris Johnson enjoyed cake with colleagues to mark his 56th birthday on June 19, 2020, families were forced to keep their distance due to the Government's tough Covid rules

    While Prime Minister Boris Johnson enjoyed cake with colleagues to mark his 56th birthday on June 19, 2020, families were forced to keep their distance due to the Government’s tough Covid rules

    Een persoon, sharing a picture of family members singing happy birthday from at least two meters, wrote on Twitter today: 'May 2020 - my birthday celebration. 'I would have quite liked a Marks and Spencer cake and a gathering, but I had Happy Birthday sung to me from afar instead.'

    Nog een, sharing a picture of a Government headed sign warning people not to gather, geskryf het: 'This was a sign in the middle of the forest in April 2020. 'For MPs to scoff and say "you can't even have a birthday cake now?!". This is how we were all being treated at the time.'

    Een persoon, sharing a picture of family members singing happy birthday from at least two meters, wrote on Twitter today: ‘May 2020 – my birthday celebration. ‘I would have quite liked a Marks and Spencer cake and a gathering, but I had Happy Birthday sung to me from afar instead.’ Nog een, sharing a picture of a Government headed sign warning people not to gather, geskryf het: ‘This was a sign in the middle of the forest in April 2020. ‘For MPs to scoff and sayyou can’t even have a birthday cake now?!”. This is how we were all being treated at the time.

    Nog een, sharing a picture of a Government headed sign warning people not to gather, geskryf het: ‘This was a sign in the middle of the forest in April 2020.

    ‘For MPs to scoff and sayyou can’t even have a birthday cake now?!”. This is how we were all being treated at the time.

    Actor Samuel West, who has starred in hit TV shows such as The Crown, was among those to celebrate his birthday indoors on June 19, 2020.

    Mr West wrote: ‘I also had a birthday on 19th June 2020. Here is my cake. Guests at my party included my darling partner and my daughters, en, er… that’s it. Die ander 27 people couldn’t come.

    Meanwhile former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson also took a swipe at Mr Johnson, saying in a Twitter post: ‘By coincidence, my partner shares a birthday with the Prime Minister.

    ‘We marked it in 2020 by inviting one other household to sit outside, socially distanced, in our garden.

    ‘It didn’t occur to usliterally couldn’t conceivethat we would act outside the rules.

    Intussen, pictures from June 19, 2020, when Mr Johnson’s Downing Street birthday party took place, reveal how Britons who share a birthday with the Prime Minister enjoyed their day.

    Een Twitter-gebruiker, posting in June 2020, geskryf het: ‘KFC and chicken wings for my lockdown birthday celebration? Happy Anna.

    Nog een, sharing pictures of coffee cups, geskryf het: ‘I took Emily to our local Starbucks in Kettering for some pre-birthday drinkstrying to make a lockdown birthday special.

    Een Twitter-gebruiker, sharing a picture of a beer, gesê: ‘Well it is a lockdown birthday. Cheers everyone.

    Nog een, Kelsey Cartwright, gesê: ‘Spent a fortune on decorations for George’s birthday. Determined that he has the best lockdown birthday party ever.

    Author and journalist Harry Wallop also shared details of his wife’s birthday on June 19, 2020. Hy het geskryf: ‘It’s my wife’s birthday. We usually got to a National Trust property (because we are boring and middle aged.

    ‘But because of lockdown we decided to walk from Islington to Kensal Green cemetery. Wild.

    The latest episode in the brewing part-gate row involved a birthday ‘partyheld for Mr Johnson in No10 in June 2020.

    What were the rules at the time of Boris’s birthday party?

    Boris Johnson celebrated his 56th birthday with a party in the Cabinet Room in Downing Street on June 19, 2020.

    It is alleged that as many as 30 people were in attendance.

    Op daardie stadium, social gatherings were limited to two people from different households indoors, and six people outdoors.

    Social distancing was required.

    There were get-outs for work purposes, but gatherings had to be ‘reasonably necessary’.

    Social venues like pubs and restaurants were all closed.

    The rules were not relaxed to allow indoor gatherings between two households until the following month, op Julie 4.

    In Junie 2020, social gatherings were limited to two people from different households indoors, and six people outdoors. There were get-outs for work purposes, but gatherings had to be 'reasonably necessary'

    In Junie 2020, social gatherings were limited to two people from different households indoors, and six people outdoors. There were get-outs for work purposes, but gatherings had to be ‘reasonably necessary

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    It is thought to be unprecedented in modern times for a PM to be subject to a criminal probe. Tony Blair was interviewed as a witness during the cash-for-honours affair, but not under caution.

    The news broke as the Cabinet held its weekly meeting in Downing Street, with Jacob Rees-Mogg walking out and straight over to cameras to vow loyalty to Mr Johnson.

    ‘I am honoured to be under his leadership,’ the Commons Leader said.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps admitted this morning that he was ‘upsetby the latest allegations that up to 30 people gathered in the Cabinet Room, presented Mr Johnson with a cake and sang to him.

    Sent out to field questions, Mr Shapps was pushed on why interior designer Lulu Lytle, who had been refurbishing Mr Johnson’s flat, had come down three flights of stairs and was present at the alleged party.

    ‘You are asking me questions I can’t provide the answer to because I wasn’t there,’ Mr Shapps said.

    Mr Shappsusually one of the most loyal ministers who has been a key figure trying to quell the revolt up to now – aan Sky News gesê: ‘It was his (Boris Johnson’s) birthday and these are people that he worked with all the time.

    ‘As I said, I don’t seek to defend it. This is for Sue Gray to decide on whether this was appropriate, she’ll make the recommendations.

    The minister seemed to lay the blame squarely on Mr Johnson’s wife Carriesometimes dubbed Carrie Antoinette by critics due to her influence behind the sceneswho is believed to have organised the gathering in the Cabinet Room on June 19, 2020.

    ‘Kyk, as the Prime Minister’s said, where mistakes were made, even though it wasn’t… I mean, he would have turned up and the cake would have been there,’ he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

    ‘He didn’t know about it, and it clearly shouldn’t happen.

    ‘But Sue Gray will get to the bottom of that; the Prime Minister’s already said there will be consequences falling out from the Sue Gray report, and my hope is we can get to see that very quickly.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘We know that this was a surprise, the Prime Minister obviously wasn’t involved in that surprise, but we need to have a full understanding of all of that.








    Downing Street has conceded staff "gathered briefly" in the Cabinet Room following a meeting after it was alleged 30 people attended and shared cake despite social mixing indoors being banned.

    Downing Street has conceded staff ‘gathered brieflyin the Cabinet Room following a meeting after it was alleged 30 people attended and shared cake despite social mixing indoors being banned.

    Scotland Yard chief Dame Cressida Dick announced that the force has now launched a probe into lockdown breaches in Downing Street and Whitehall over the past two years

    Scotland Yard chief Dame Cressida Dick announced that the force has now launched a probe into lockdown breaches in Downing Street and Whitehall over the past two years

    Tory MPs are on high alert for more damaging revelations after it emerged that the PM’s 56th birthday celebration included a Union Jack cake, Marks and Spencer’s nibbles and singing.

    Die gebeurtenis, first revealed by ITV, was apparently already on the radar of Sue Gray, the civil servant who is carrying out an investigation into Whitehall lockdown breaches.

    Earlier that day he had posed with his arms outstretched with children at a school in Hertfordshire to show the importance of social distancing.

    In Maart, Mr Johnson had praised a girl named Josephine who wrote to him saying she was cancelling her seventh birthday while the pandemic was raging.

    But while some ministers and Tory MPs tried to shrug the latest furore offpointing out that the growing chaos in Ukraine could quickly overshadow the controversyothers warned that it could herald a new more dangerous phase for Mr Johnson.

    One senior MP told MailOnline that the premier was facing huge damage that would not end. ‘It just keeps piling on,’ hulle het gesê.

    A Tory who so far has not submitted a no confidence letter added that the gathering on June 19 was ‘clearly socialand ‘changes things – a lot’.

    A frontbencher also referred to the mounting possibility of the PM losing a no confidence vote, saying if a third of the payroll voted against the PM then he needs ‘at least half of all backbenchers to back him’, toevoeging: ‘That seems pretty unlikely. You can see things get dangerous quickly.

    As allies desperately mobilise an ‘Avengersoperation to save the PM, 70 Tories including five Cabinet ministers held an online meeting to discuss his situation yesterday.

    Housing minister Chris Pincher, was toenemend 'bekommerd', is said to have warned the group that an election could follow within months if Mr Johnson is ousted.

    Human rights barrister Adam Wagner said Downing Street’s statement that the PM was only there 10 minutes ‘appears a clear admission of an illegal gathering’.

    He noted that it is the first time No10 ‘has admitted that the PM was at an, aan my, obviously illegal gathering with no real prospect of a reasonable excuse’.

    Who was at Boris Johnson’s lockdown busting birthday party on June 19, 2020?

    The birthday boy: Boris Johnson

    Sources close to the Prime Minister insist he didn’t know about the party, which legal experts believe was in breach of his own lockdown rules. Mr Johnson didn’t break up the party.

    Downing Street admitted that the PM attended the event ‘for less than ten minutes’. But No 10 denied claims that the bash had been followed by a second party in the PM’s flat. In plaas daarvan, Mr Johnson hosted a small number of people outside, including his sister, where food was cooked on a BBQ.

    The organiser: Carrie Johnson

    A source said members of Johnson’s team had been emailed in advance asking them to come to ‘wish the prime minister happy birthday’.

    The Prime Minister was allegedly given a Union Jack cake by his wife. Reports said picnic food from Marks & Spencer was eaten during the afternoon gathering lasting for up to 30 minute

    Those present also sang a chorus of happy birthday. Rules at the time banned indoor social gatherings.

    The uninvited guest: Rishi Sunak

    Sources close to the Chancellor have insisted that he wasn’t invited by Carrie, but was arriving for the Covid meeting in the same room afterwards, attending very briefly. A source stressed he was ‘not invited’.

    The interior designer: Lulu Lytle

    Interior designer Lulu Lytle admitted attending while carrying out the lavish and controversial work to their flat above No 11 Downingstraat, but insisted she was only present ‘brieflywhile waiting to talk to Mr Johnson.

    Some claim she helped carry the cake.

    Party Marty: Martin Reynolds

    Mr Johnson’s under-fire principal private secretary, was also said to have attended. A month before he had previously invited more than 100 staff to a drinks party at No 10 op Mei 20, 2020.

    The others

    No 10’s director of communications: Jack Doyle

    Head of operations: Shelley Williams-Walker

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