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Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns expresses "heartbreak and outrage" over allegations of Downing Street parties held during lockdown

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An MP is "heartbroken and outraged" over fresh allegations that parties were held at Downing Street during the height of lockdown.

An email which had been sent by the Prime Minister's principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, has been leaked to ITV News.

In it he invited more than 100 people to "bring their own booze" to a socially-distanced event at Downing Street on May 20, 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Recipients were urged to "make the most of the lovely weather" by attending.

It has been alleged that Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie were among around 40 people who were there.

At the time, coronavirus restrictions stated only two people could meet outdoors, as long as they kept two metres apart.

Alicia Kearns
Alicia Kearns

In response to the latest allegation of social gatherings at Downing Street, Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns (Con) said: “Lawmakers should not be law breakers. The allegations are totally unacceptable and are being investigated.

"Any criminality will be reported to the police.

“I have been heartbroken and outraged by the many concerning reports we have had and the prime minister is very clear on my position on this."

Asked if Mr Johnson should continue as prime minister if evidence proves he attended the party, she added: “I would never call for someone’s resignation until I had spoken to them about it face to face.”

A Cabinet Office inquiry into allegations of various events is being carried out by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

Mr Johnson would not confirm whether or not he attended the garden party on May 20.

Gareth Davies, MP for Stamford, Bourne and Grantham (Con) and John Hayes, the MP for South Holland and The Deepings (Con) have also been contacted for comment.

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