Staff at number 10 regularly slept on the couch until 3 am after drinking

Staff at number 10 regularly slept on the couch until 3 a.m. in a “culture of booze” after drinking.

According to a Downing Street insider, cleaners would be greeted the next morning with empty drinks left on the desks.

“It was a culture of three-night sessions,” they told The Times. ‘People used to sleep their hangovers in the buildings on sofas at night and in the morning there were empty drinks on the desks for the cleaners to pick up. There was a drinking culture.’

It comes after it was revealed that Downing Street held ‘wine-time Fridays’ every week during the pandemic that Boris Johnson attended, with staff even investing in a £142 drinks fridge to keep their beer, prosecco and wine cold, it is said. claimed.

Government officials were encouraged by the prime minister, who regularly oversaw the rallies, to “blow off steam” at the regular drinks that would often go on into the early hours, at a time when Britons were not allowed to socialize inside, sources told The mirror.

A figure who worked for Johnson and his predecessor Theresa May said it was a culture that came from the top.

According to a Downing Street insider, cleaners would be greeted the next morning with empty drinks left on the desks. In the photo, Sue Gray investigates the allegations

It comes after it was revealed that Downing Street held 'wine-time Fridays' every week during the pandemic that Boris Johnson (pictured) attended, with staff even investing in a £142 drinks fridge to keep their beer, prosecco and wine cold.  claimed

It comes after it was revealed that Downing Street held ‘wine-time Fridays’ every week during the pandemic that Boris Johnson (pictured) attended, with staff even investing in a £142 drinks fridge to keep their beer, prosecco and wine cold. claimed

They said staff had to put chairs in front of the door of Mr Johnson’s office to prevent him from coming into contact with people because he “simply didn’t think about following the rules.”

It was revealed this week that staff take turns stocking drinks at the local Tesco Metro with a wheeled suitcase to fill the 34-bottle fridge delivered through the back door of Downing Street on 11 December 2020.

At the time, households were not allowed to mingle indoors or in most outdoor areas with exceptions for people in support bubbles, and up to six people were allowed to meet in some outdoor public spaces such as parks and public gardens.

Despite the strict rules, Downing Street scheduled ‘wine-time Fridays’ every week between 4 and 7 pm in the electronic diaries of 50 No. 10 employees.

The week-end get-togethers are part of a long-standing government tradition, but reportedly continued while the rest of the country was largely home.

They were organized by news agency No. 10, but advisers from other departments often participated, it is alleged.

It is just the latest in a string of scathing revelations about the alleged culture of drinking and partying during the Downing Street pandemic, amid mounting calls for Mr Johnson to resign, some from his own party.

Mr Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020

Mr Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020

It was revealed on Thursday that a farewell ceremony was being held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, prompting Mr Johnson to order No 10 to apologize to the Queen.

Sue Gray, the senior official investigating the litany of claims, is said to have been “completely caught off guard” by the latest revelations, The Times reported.

Meanwhile, cabinet ministers who publicly supported their leader this week said it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify their support, with one saying: ‘This is the last chance saloon. More party revelations, and a blow in the municipal elections, and the party revolts.’

A dozen Tory MPs have now publicly criticized the prime minister, while another in a red-walled constituency conducted a Facebook poll asking if he should go and a senior party activist said he “never wanted to hear from him again.”

Either way, it appears voters have passed a decision, with seven in 10 believing Johnson not telling the truth about his involvement in the BYOB garden party, while 63 percent said he should resign, a report revealed. poll.

A 34-bottle beverage fridge (pictured) was delivered by a delivery person through the back door of Downing Street

The £142 drinks fridge (pictured) was purchased to keep beer, prosecco and wine cold with the weekly drinks

A 34-bottle beverage fridge (pictured right) was delivered by a delivery person (left) through the back door of Downing Street on December 11, 2020, while socializing indoors was prohibited. He is not a government worker

Kate Josephs, who headed the Cabinet Office unit that drafted Covid restrictions and is now chief executive at Sheffield City Council, apologized for her own departure on December 17

Kate Josephs, who headed the Cabinet Office unit that drafted Covid restrictions and is now chief executive at Sheffield City Council, apologized for her own departure on December 17

Eight in ten also believe the event was illegal under the prime minister’s own Covid law.

Kate Josephs, who was director general in the unit coordinating the government’s Covid response and is now chief executive at Sheffield City Council, said she “really regretted” a meeting in the Cabinet Office to highlight that she had left the civil service on December 17, 2020.

Ms. Josephs said she and colleagues at work gathered for drinks in the evening. Dozens of employees reportedly participated – even though London was in Tier 3 lockdown at the time and the rules banned households from socializing indoors.

Earlier, the prime minister’s spokesman admitted that apologies had been made to Buckingham Palace for “deplorable” behavior in Downing Street on April 16 last year – when two other departures took place, including for outgoing communications director James Slack. The lockdown rules banned social mixing indoors at the time.

However, it is clear that an official has made the fawning appeal and aides declined to say whether Mr Johnson – who was not at the booze-fueled event – will speak to the monarch personally about the matter.

All three departure events have now been referred to Sue Gray’s investigation, which is not expected to report before the end of next week.

Pandemic parties in Downing Street

May 15, 2020: THE GARDEN PARTY

A leaked photo showed Boris and Carrie Johnson with 17 senior Downing Street staff sitting around cheese and wine. This took place during the first Covid lockdown at a time when only two people from different households could mix outside, socially distancing

May 20, 2020: BYOB BASH

An email bombshell from Johnson’s chief private secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited more than 100 employees to No10’s lush gardens on May 20 to “make the most of the beautiful weather.” He told the guests to bring their own alcohol

November 13, 2020: LEE CAIN’S DEPARTURE DO

The prime minister reportedly delivered a farewell address to his communications director Lee Cain with a number of gathered people. The party is said to have continued upstairs that night after Dominic Cummings unceremoniously walked out of Downing Street with a cardboard box.

November 27, 2020: CLEO WATSON’S DEPARTURE DO

Mr Johnson is reportedly giving a speech at a packed room for a ‘senior aide’. ’40 or 50 people’ were present. The assistant was mentioned as a newspaper as Cleo Watson, the protégé of Dominic Cummings.

December 15, 2020: CHRISTMAS QUIZ

Photos obtained by the Sunday Mirror show Mr Johnson on a TV screen flanked by colleagues, one draped in tinsel and another wearing a Santa hat, in library No 10. A source claimed many employees huddled behind computers in their Downing Street offices sitting, asking questions and drinking alcohol while the quiz was taking place. The Mirror said a message sent by No10’s head of HR on the night of the quiz advised that those who had stayed behind to participate should ‘go back’ when they left. The newspaper also revealed the team names used that night, including “Professor Quiz Whitty,” “Rebels without a Claus” and “Hands, Face, First Place.”

December 17, 2020: Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, charged with investigating Partygate, threw a party after sending an email to about 15 people in his private office titled ‘Christmas Quiz’.

December 18, 2020: ANOTHER CHRISTMAS Downing Street employees are reportedly holding their own party, which the Prime Minister is not attending. Group size is also given as 40 to 50.

April 16, 2021: JAMES SLACK’S DEPARTURE DO

Advisers and officials drank alcohol and danced in the basement and gardens of No10 to mark the departure of Boris Johnson’s press secretary James Slack and one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers. Witnesses claimed 30 people attended the two gatherings, which were held in different parts of the Downing Street complex before meeting in the garden on the night before Prince Philip’s funeral.

May 26, 2021: A second, formal farewell event is held for James Slack at No. 10. More than a dozen are said to be in attendance.

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