United Kingdom: As many as 100 invited to Downing Street “bring-your-own-booze” drinks event during lockdown

As many as 100 people were invited to a “bring-your-own-booze” drinks event in the Downing Street garden during the first lockdown.

Reports suggest the PM and his wife attended the gathering on 20 May 2020.

But Boris Johnson has declined to say whether he was among those there.

The Metropolitan Police said it was in contact with the government over “widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches” of Covid rules.

An email, revealed by ITV News, invited people to “socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening”.

It was sent when lockdown restrictions were still in place. Twelve days later on 1 June rules in England were relaxed to allow groups of up to six people to meet outside.

Labour said the prime minister would face “serious questions” if he was found to have attended.

But Downing Street declined to comment as it said the gathering is now being looked into as part of an ongoing independent investigation.

The Liberal Democrats called for a police investigation, and a Met spokesperson said the force was “aware of widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street on 20 May 2020 and is in contact with the Cabinet Office”, which oversees government policy.