‘They were told to bring their booze!’ Sky host in heated clash with peer defending Boris

Boris Johnson apology: Lord Moylan defends May gathering

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Boris Johnson apologised for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in the garden of No 10 during England’s first lockdown as he battled to save his premiership. The Prime Minister acknowledged the public “rage” over the incident but insisted he thought it could have been technically within the rules. But Lord Moylan’s attempt at defending the Prime Minister was slapped down by Jayne Secker.

Speaking to Sky News, Lord Moylan said: “You are aware of the legislation produced. Statutory instruments are half an inch thick full of detailing exceptions.

“This was a work environment.

“These people were locked up in that building working together for eight, nine, 10 hours a day and then they go out into a garden which is actually a much safer environment for them than where they’ve been for the rest of the day.

“You can imagine why the rules were established so to allow events like that to happen.

“Then they turn up with booze and that looks awful.”

Ms Secker interjected: “They were told to bring the booze! It was an instruction from their boss.”

Lord Moylan added: “What that has to do with the Prime Minister is another matter, isn’t it?”

It comes as Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross has called for the Prime Minister to stand down after he admitted attending a party thrown in the Downing Street garden during lockdown.

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Mr Ross is the highest-profile Conservative to call for the Prime Minister to go, claiming Mr Johnson’s position is now “untenable”.

Speaking to STV News, he said: “I said, yesterday, if the Prime Minister attended this gathering, event in Downing Street on May 20, 2020, he could not continue as Prime Minister so, regretfully, I have to say his position is no longer tenable.”

He added: “There was one simple question to answer yesterday, indeed, from Monday night when we saw this invitation which was to more than 100 people asking them to join others in the Downing Street garden and bring their own booze.


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“If the Prime Minister was there, and he accepted today that he was, then I felt he could not continue.

“What we also heard from the Prime Minister today was an apology and he said with hindsight he would have done things differently, which for me is an acceptance from the Prime Minister that it was wrong and therefore, I don’t want to be in this position, but I am in this position now, where I don’t think he can continue as leader of the Conservatives.”

The Moray MP said he spoke to the Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon “and I set down my reasons and I explained to him my position”.

Mr Ross was immediately supported by Scottish Tory colleagues, including former leader Jackson Carlaw and MSPs Murdo Fraser, Liz Smith, and Douglas Lumsden, who took to Twitter to back their leader.

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