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Boris Johnson denies he lied about COVID-19 lockdown party

CA, 19 Jan 2022
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied on Tuesday an accusation by his former adviser that he had lied to Parliament about a lockdown party, saying nobody had warned him the "bring your own booze" gathering from 2020 might contravene COVID-19 rules.

Johnson faces one of the gravest crises of his tenure after revelations about social gatherings during COVID-19 lockdowns, when British people could not even bid farewell in person to dying relatives and the Queen was mourning her husband.

Asked if he had lied to the public and parliament, Johnson told reporters: "No. Nobody told me that what we were doing was, as you say, against the rules, that the event in question, was, something, that we were going to do something that wasn't a work event ... I thought that I was attending a work event."

Johnson sidestepped several questions about whether or not he would resign if it was proven that he had misled parliament. But he apologized for mistakes made in Downing Street.

Johnson last week also apologized to Parliament for attending the May 20, 2020 gathering in the Downing Street garden. He said he had attended for 25 minutes to thank staff.

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