The revelations in The Telegraph (paywall) last night are set to heap yet more pressure on the prime minister, who is facing calls to resign, including from some of his own MPs, after admitting earlier this week that he took part in an event in the No 10 garden in May 2020, during the first Covid lockdown.

The reports were met with fury across the political spectrum as more Tory MPs called for Boris Johnson to be deposed as leader.

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner wrote on Twitter: “I have no words for the culture & behaviours at number 10 and the buck stops with the PM.”

Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

The Queen sitting alone, mourning the loss of her husband, was the defining image of lockdown. Not because she is the Queen, but because she was just another person, mourning alone like too many others. Whilst she mourned, Number 10 partied. Johnson must go.

The Queen, in mourning black, wearing a face mask and sitting apart from the rest of her family, at her husband’s funeral, became one of the defining images of England’s national lockdown.
The Queen, in mourning black, wearing a face mask and sitting apart from the rest of her family, at her husband’s funeral, became one of the defining images of England’s national lockdown. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/AP

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