Here’s all we know so far about the Downing Street “garden party.”

Here’s all we know so far about the Downing Street “garden party.”

The assertion that the 25 May 2020 gathering was a work meeting has been challenged by a cabinet secretary and insiders who attended.

Following a probe by Whitehall into earlier charges Downing Street hosted illegal Christmas parties last year, here is what we know so far.

Last week, reports surfaced that roughly 20 Covid employees drank after a 5 p.m. press presentation.

The Guardian and Independent reported that aides drank wine and ate pizza late into the evening in offices and gardens.

Outside social gatherings, only two people from different houses could socialise together, and this social distance had to be observed at all times.

Colleagues should only meet in person if ‘absolutely necessary'.

The sources said Mr Johnson and then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock appeared briefly, but there was no indication they drank or remained late.

Staff were given a drink for ‘fighting back' the epidemic, according to Mr Johnson.

M. Hancock had earlier warned against taking risks as the summer temperatures increased.

A spokeswoman for Mr Johnson says the PM retired to his apartment shortly after 7pm, but Mr Hancock maintains he walked out to debrief the PM and left at 6.32pm.

A long day or a long week, deputy prime minister and justice secretary Dominic Raab appeared to contradict himself and No 10's statements that the picture showed personnel at a business meeting.

“This wasn't a social occasion,” he told BBC Breakfast on Monday. It was a staff drink after a long day of meetings and pressures.

‘It is not only a workplace for the Prime Minister and his employees, but also a home for him and his young family.

‘I don't think it counts as a party because Carrie came down and spent time with her husband.'

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner called the image a ‘slap in the face of the British population'.

‘The prime minister consistently demonstrates contempt for the rules he sets for the rest of us,' she said.

Alleged late-night partying [at No 10] when the rest of us were barely getting one daily walk.

It was revealed on Saturday that the civil servant conducting the Whitehall inquiry into Christmas parties in 2020, Simon Case, knew of a quiz held in his office while London was locked down.

Sue Gray, a housing secretary adviser and former Cabinet Office ethics officer from 2012 to 2018, is now leading the probe.

‘As we mentioned last week, work sessions often take place in the Downing Street garden in the summer. Staff meetings followed a No. 10 press conference.

‘Downing Street is both the prime minister's residence and office. She resides at No 10 and hence has proper use of the garden.'