Unison hit out at the reported party that took place on May 20 2020, saying key workers “who were putting their lives on the line to keep essential services running” weren’t even allowed to comfort their families as the country was in full lockdown.
“No matter how exhausted and stressed, they weren’t allowed to socialise, let off steam or comfort their families,” said Jon Richards, Unison assistant general secretary.
“It’s inexcusable that those involved with setting the rules appear to have failed to follow them.”
Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure to respond to the allegations that more than 40 Downing Street staff gathered for drinks in the garden of Number 10 following an email invitation from top civil servant Martin Reynolds.
“After what has been an incredibly busy period we thought it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No.10 garden this evening,” reads the email.