COVID live updates: Schools, key players on the national cabinet’s agenda

COVID live updates: Schools, key players on the national cabinet's agenda

At the time people in England were restricted to meeting one person they did not live with outside. 

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  • It was the first admission from Mr Johnson that he was at the party after it was revealed by ITV News on Monday that his private secretary had sent an email to over 100 staff inviting them to “socially distanced drinks” on May 22 in 2020.

  • “Mr. Speaker, I want to apologise,” Mr Johnson told parliament.

“I know that millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the last 18 months.

“And I know the rage they feel with me, and with the government I lead, when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make them. 

“I know the anguish that they have been through, unable to mourn their relatives, unable to live their lives as they want, or to do the things they love.

Mr Johnson said he considered the garden of Number 10 as an extension of the office, and that the gathering that was happening was a “work event”.

“When I went into that garden just after 6 on the 20th of May 2020 to thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working, I believed implicitly that this was a work event.

“With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside. I should have found some other way to thank them.”

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