‘This isn’t any lockdown birthday party, it’s an M&S lockdown birthday party’: Twitter users poke fun at Boris Johnson’s latest Covid-busting bash
Boris Johnson has fallen foul of the internet meme police after it emerged earlier today that the Prime Minister attended an event with 30 guests in Downing Street to celebrate his birthday in 2020.
The birthday bash at Number 10, which was organised by Johnson’s wife Carrie and attended by 30 guests according to ITV, was complete with a Union Jack cake and Marks and Spencer’s nibbles.
The bombshell comes as the Prime Minister awaits the results of an investigation by Cabinet Office mandarin Sue Gray into whether Downing Street broke lockdown rules.
One senior MP described the crisis facing Johnson and the Conservative party as ‘never-ending’, while another said: ‘It should have been curtains last week and presumably there is still more to come out after Gray, just in case that has not dealt the killer blow.’
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, co-chair of the Conservative Party, also warned: ‘Anybody who was at a party where rules were broken, whether that’s a Prime Minister, ministers, special advisers, or civil servants, [they] should resign.’
Guests at Johnson’s birthday bash reportedly included the interior designer Lulu Lytle – the person responsible for a six-figure revamp of the PM’s official flat – who joined in with a chorus of happy birthday as the PM was presented with a Union Jack cake.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is thought to have attended for a short period of time, but sources insisted that he ‘had not been invited’. Martin Reynolds, Mr Johnson’s under-fire principal private secretary, was also said to have attended.
Other guests are reported to have included Jack Doyle, the director of communications, and Shelley Williams-Walker, his head of operations.
The memes came thick and fast after the scandalous news broke, with some social media users delighting in the chaos while others expressed sheer disbelief and disgust at the Prime Minister’s apparent subscription to a ‘one rule for them, another rule for us’ philosophy.