Former Boris Johnson aide — now an editor at The Sun — apologizes as minister says he’s ‘shocked’ by lockdown-breaking party held on eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

A former Boris Johnson aide apologized for a party held in his honor in Downing Street during a national lockdown.
This is the first time James Slack, who is now an editor at British tabloid The Sun, has acknowledged the party. 
A minister said he was ‘shocked’ to learn of the party, which took place the day before the Queen sat alone at her husband Prince Philip’s funeral.

Boris Johnson’s former aide has apologized for the “anger and hurt” caused by a Downing Street party held for his departure from the government last year as a minister said he was “shocked” by the reports.

In new claims that put significantly more pressure on the prime minister, eyewitnesses told the Telegraph that Downing Street staff held two leaving parties on April 16, 2021, attended by around 30 people.

One of the events was held for James Slack, the prime minister’s outgoing director of communications, who now serves as deputy editor-in-chief at British tabloid The Sun.

In a statement issued to the Press Association, Slack said: “I wish to apologize unreservedly for the anger and hurt caused. This event should not have happened at the time that it did. I am deeply sorry, and take full responsibility.”

This is the first time Slack has publicly acknowledged the event despite The Sun heavily reporting on the Downing Street scandals. 

Insider has reached out to Slack and The Sun for comment. 

Downing Street has not denied the allegations but told the Telegraph the prime minister was at his country residence when the events took place.

  In Greece, unvaccinated people 60 and up face monthly fines

On Friday, Security minister Damian Hinds said he was “shocked” to read about reports of two further parties held at  Downing Street.

They are likely to be added to a growing list of allegations investigated by Sue Gray, who …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *