Partygate pictures: Boris Johnson raises a glass at an illegal party

The images show the PM holding a drink at an illegal gathering for which he was not fined by the Met Police

Boris Johnson can be seen raising a glass at a Partygate gathering during the second lockdown in newly leaked photos.

Pictures made available to ITV News show the Prime Minister at the party with a drink in hand and a glass raised, while a table next to him is littered with bottles of alcohol.

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At the time of the party in question, UK citizens were barred from socializing with others outside their own household and England was only placed back into strict lockdown restrictions eight days before the event.

The images will be the latest Partygate-related headache for Mr Johnson after he insisted to Parliament he had not misled MPs about his knowledge of rule-breaking at gatherings.

What happened at the gathering?

Boris Johnson has repeatedly denied knowingly breaking any rules after being fined for yet another gathering. (Image credit: ITV News)

The party in question took place on November 13, 2020, and was a leaving party for then-director of communications Lee Cain.

The images show a group of seven people next to the Prime Minister raising glasses. With the photographer and the Prime Minister in the room, the total number of people at the gathering is nine.

Around six bottles of wine can be seen on the table next to Mr Johnson, who was not fined for leaving.

In pictures from ITV News, Boris Johnson can be seen toasting a drink at an illegal gathering for which he was not fined by the Met Police. (Source: ITV)

Met Police issued at least one fixed penalty ticket to an individual for a gathering on November 13, 2020, but officers have declined to confirm which gathering it was for.

Boris Johnson raises a glass at the illegal gathering that took place on November 13, 2020. (Source: ITV News)

When asked directly about the Brexit event in the House of Commons on December 8, 2021, Mr Johnson told MPs he was not aware of any event, adding that if it were, “the rules have been observed at all times”.

He has repeatedly insisted he did not knowingly break parliamentary rules after he was accused of misleading the House over his knowledge of breaking Partygate rules.

What did number 10 say about the pictures?

In response to the images’ release, Downing Street said Met Police had “access to all information” before the investigation into the illegal gatherings of officers was completed.

The pictures are also believed to have been given to Sue Gray, the senior officer who led an internal investigation into the congregations.

A spokeswoman for Number 10 said: “The Cabinet Office and Met Police had access to all information relevant to their investigation, including photos.

“The Met has completed its investigation and Sue Gray will publish her report in the coming days, after which the Prime Minister will address Parliament in full.”

How were the reactions to the pictures?

The leaked images have drawn fierce criticism from political opponents, who have commented on Mr Johnson’s instance that he was not aware of any breach of rules at any gathering.

Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said: “While the British public was making enormous sacrifices, Boris Johnson broke the law.

“Boris Johnson has said repeatedly that he knew nothing of any violations of the law – there is no doubt about it now, he lied. Boris Johnson made the rules and then broke them.

“The prime minister has reduced his position. The British people deserve better. While Labor has a plan to deal with the cost of living crisis, Tory MPs are too busy defending Boris Johnson’s untenable actions.”

Her comments were echoed by Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper, who said the Prime Minister had “taken the British people for fools”.

She added: “It is becoming clearer than ever that Boris Johnson lied to the British people and Parliament.

“Conservative MPs must do their duty and sack this law-breaking Prime Minister. Each day he stays in office will do more damage to public trust and our democracy.”

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, who previously called for Mr Johnson to step down before reversing his call, has encouraged the Prime Minister to “explain why he thinks this behavior is acceptable”. However, he did not ask him to resign.

He said: “These images will rightfully infuriate people across the country very much.

“The Prime Minister must explain why he thinks this behavior is acceptable. To most, these images seem unjustified and false.” Partygate pictures: Boris Johnson raises a glass at an illegal party


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