100 people in Boris Johnson face masks and suits dance outside Number 10 in Downing Street flashmob

A group of around 100 wig-wearing Boris Johnson ‘look-a-likes’ are partying outside Downing Street while belting out chants of ‘this is a work event’.

In a tongue-in-cheek nod to the brewing ‘partygate’ row, the revellers, dressed in suits and wearing paper masks of the Prime Minister’s face, have been spotted dancing to music on Whitehall.

The group, some draped in Union Jack flags and others carrying beer bottles, have been heard chanting ‘my name is Boris’ and ‘this is a work event’.

It is believed the event was organised by the YouTuber ‘JaackMaate’, who, sharing pictures of the party on Twitter, wrote: ‘We hired 100 Boris Johnson’s and threw a party outside Downing Street…’

It comes as the Prime Minister faces yet more flack over the partygate row following further revelations about conduct at Downing Street during last year’s lockdowns.

Last night it was revealed that No 10 staff boozed at two leaving parties the night before the Queen grieved alone at Prince Philip’s funeral.

It is claimed that during one event, in the basement of No10, aids were boozing so ‘excessively’ that one person was sent to a nearby Co-op with a suitcase on wheels to fill with wine, beer and spirits. 

There was even a disco where staff DJed and it became so raucous that one attendee broke baby Wilfred Johnson’s swing set, according to the Telegraph.

The latest revelations came just days after Boris Johnson apologised to MPs in the House of Commons after attending a ‘bring your own booze’ garden party at No. 10.

However his apology sparked a backlash after claiming that he believed the drink-fuelled event, which took place at a time only two people were allowed to meet outside in a public space, was ‘a work event’.  

A group of wig-wearing Boris Johnson ‘look-a-likes’ are partying outside Downing Street while belting out chants of ‘this is a work event’

In a tongue-in-cheek nod to the brewing 'partygate' row, the group, dressed in suits and wearing paper masks of the Prime Minister's face, have been spotted dancing to music on Whitehall

In a tongue-in-cheek nod to the brewing ‘partygate’ row, the group, dressed in suits and wearing paper masks of the Prime Minister’s face, have been spotted dancing to music on Whitehall

The group, some draped in Union Jack flags and carrying beer bottles, have been heard chanting 'my name is Boris' and 'this is a work event'

The group, some draped in Union Jack flags and carrying beer bottles, have been heard chanting ‘my name is Boris’ and ‘this is a work event’

It comes as the Prime Minister faces yet more flack over the partygate row following more revelations about conduct at Downing Street during last year's lockdowns

It comes as the Prime Minister faces yet more flack over the partygate row following more revelations about conduct at Downing Street during last year’s lockdowns

Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen becomes fifth Tory MP to call for Boris to quit over partygate – as true-blue local association disowns the PM 

Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen has become the fifth Tory MP to call for embattled Boris Johnson to quit over ‘Partygate’.

The MP for North West Leicestershire, who backed the PM to be party leader in June 2019, has submitted a letter of no-confidence in Mr Johnson and urged him to leave office within the next three months.

Blasting the ‘moral vacuum at the heart of Government’, Mr Bridgen joins Douglas Ross, Sir Roger Gale, William Wragg and Caroline Nokes in calling for Mr Johnson to resign over his handling of the lockdown party scandal.

Meanwhile, the Conservative association in the rock-solid seat of Sutton Coldfield said it had withdrawn support for Mr Johnson due to his failure to control the No10 ‘culture’.

Councillor Simon Ward told BBC Radio 4’s Today: ‘The culture starts at the top, doesn’t it? And that’s the really disappointing point.

‘We were asking people all over our country to make massive sacrifices, people in rural Sutton Coldfield to make massive sacrifices, over the last two years.

‘I think we have the right to expect everybody in Government and in those positions of leadership to follow those same rules and guidelines as well.’ 

Nobody knows how many letters of no-confidence have been submitted to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs. Estimates range from just five to dozens.

If more than 15 per cent of the party’s MPs submit a letter, there has to be a vote on the leadership, giving a threshold of 54.

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Bridgen thundered: ‘Sadly, the Prime Minister’s position has become untenable.

‘Leadership is not just about the job title, or even making big decisions — it is equally about having a moral compass, of knowing not just right from left but right from wrong.’

Mr Bridgen, 57, added: ‘As more and more revelations have been published, and I fear more are yet to come out, it is clear that not only were rules broken in Downing Street but that the initial response was to stretch the truth about them being broken too.

‘Claims by the Prime Minister that he did not know that he was attending a party seem at best misguided and at worst cynical. So today I’m calling on the Prime Minister to stand down — there is time yet to do the right thing.’ 

It comes as today Mr Johnson has said sorry to the Queen over a lockdown-busting leaving do in Downing Street just hours before Prince Philip’s funeral.

The PM’s spokesman said an apology had been made to Buckingham Palace over the ‘regrettable’ behaviour in April last year.

‘It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No10 has apologised to the Palace,’ the spokesman said.

However, it is understood an official called the Palace and aides refused to say whether Mr Johnson – who was not at the booze-fuelled event – would be speaking to the monarch personally about the issue.

Earlier, James Slack, who is now deputy editor of The Sun newspaper, said sorry for the ‘anger and hurt caused’ by the event on April 16, which he said ‘should not have happened at the time that it did’.

‘I am deeply sorry, and take full responsibility,’ he said.

He said he could not comment further as the matter had been referred to Sue Gray’s investigation. It is understood the top civil servant’s probe will consider the night’s events, although it is unclear whether she knew about them before today.

Keir Starmer accused Mr Johnson of ‘degrading the office of PM’ in the wake of the latest grim revelations, and should resign.

Mr Slack’s leaving party was one of two held that night – the other being for an outgoing official photographer at No 10.

Mr Johnson was already said to be on his way to Chequers when the revelry started.

But the revelations are yet another blow to the PM, who failed to stamp out a party culture in No 10 at a time when millions of Britons were making huge sacrifices through the pandemic.

England was in step two of the government’s roadmap at the time, meaning there was a strict ban on any indoor gatherings of more than two people from different households, and the limit was six people outdoors.

Any larger gatherings for work purposes had to be ‘reasonably necessary’, according to the regulations at the time. And there was a potential £10,000 fine for people who organised such events.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss risked inflaming the situation further by telling the public to ‘move on’. ‘He has apologised, I think we now need to move on and talk about how we are going to sort out issues,’ she told reporters.

Andrew Bridgen has become the latest Tory MP to tell the Prime Minister to quit over ‘partygate’, insisting his position had become ‘untenable’ because of the ‘moral vacuum at the heart of our government’.

A former Cabinet minister told MailOnline the latest claims were ‘awful’. ‘It is the cumulative effect. The parties are piling up with gay abandon. The timing of this latest one is devastating,’ they said.

At a stormy PMQs on Wednesday, Mr Johnson confessed that he spent 25 minutes at a ¿BYOB¿ party on May 15, 2020 during the first national lockdown, but insisted that he thought it was a ¿work event¿ and was allowed under the rules in place at the time

At a stormy PMQs on Wednesday, Mr Johnson confessed that he spent 25 minutes at a ‘BYOB’ party on May 15, 2020 during the first national lockdown, but insisted that he thought it was a ‘work event’ and was allowed under the rules in place at the time 

Tonight¿s bombshell allegations ¿ the first that any lockdown-busting parties took place in 2021 ¿ will pile further pressure on the embattled PM, who is fighting for his political life over the ¿Partygate¿ scandal. Pictured, an image of an alleged lockdown-busting party in No10 on May 15, 2020

Tonight’s bombshell allegations — the first that any lockdown-busting parties took place in 2021 — will pile further pressure on the embattled PM, who is fighting for his political life over the ‘Partygate’ scandal. Pictured, an image of an alleged lockdown-busting party in No10 on May 15, 2020

One Downing Street staffer was despatched to the Co-op on The Strand, next to Trafalgar Square, to fill a suitcase with more booze

One Downing Street staffer was despatched to the Co-op on The Strand, next to Trafalgar Square, to fill a suitcase with more booze

Downing Street staff allegedly boozed ¿excessively¿ at two leaving parties the night before the Queen was forced to grieve alone her own at the Duke of Edinburgh¿s Covid-secure funeral last year

Downing Street staff allegedly boozed ‘excessively’ at two leaving parties the night before the Queen was forced to grieve alone her own at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Covid-secure funeral last year

‘Even if Johnson wasn’t present and didn’t know, what it says about the culture at No10. He’s already got form as someone who is indifferent to the rules, they don’t apply to him. He’s clearly allowed a culture in No10 to say anything goes.’

On the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, where Her Majesty was set apart from her family because of social distancing, Downing Street staff danced in the basement and drank in the garden, boozing so ‘excessively’ that one person was sent to a nearby Co-op with a suitcase on wheels to fill with wine, beer and spirits.

There was even a disco where staff DJed and it became so raucous that one attendee broke baby Wilfred Johnson’s swing set, according to the Telegraph.

Witnesses claimed that around 30 people attended the two gatherings, which were held in different parts of the Downing Street complex before combining in the garden.

It is alleged that one of the groups moved outside at around midnight because of a fear that too much wine was spilling on the basement carpet as they danced.

The paper reported that a No10 figure even ‘had a go’ on a child’s swing belonging to Mr Johnson’s son Wilf — and snapped it.

That Friday, Britain was in a period of public mourning over the death of Prince Philip, the nation’s longest-serving consort and the Queen’s husband of more than 70 years. The heartbreaking picture of her sat looking at his coffin, alone in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, has become one of the defining images of the pandemic.

‘It was a work event in the basement actually’: Footage of Boris Johnson disco dancing becomes massive online hit as flood of memes over Downing Street parties scandal continues

By Dan Sales for MailOnline

A video of Prime Minister Boris Johnson dancing with a lightsabre-wielding London Assembly member at a Christmas party nearly ten years ago has re-emerged amid news of more Downing Street parties.

The widely-shared footage of what is believed to be a 2013 bash set Twitter and Instagram ablaze today.

One wag who posted it added the caption ‘It was a work event in the basement actually’.

The footage shows Mr Johnson dancing with Jeanette Arnold OBE, who had been a member of the London Assembly since 2000.

Ms Arnold – who became chair in 2015 – seems unlikely to be sharing a dancefloor with the PM in the future.

This week she tweeted her disgust at the reports of the No 10 lockdown breaking parties.

She said: ‘I doubt whether the PM has an honest bone in his body so regrettably he is not going to do the decent thing and resign.’

The PM looked very youthful as he danced to the lively strains of All Night Long at the bash

The PM looked very youthful as he danced to the lively strains of All Night Long at the bash

The funny film showed the PM dancing with Jeanette Arnold OBE in 2013 as she held lightsabre

The funny film showed the PM dancing with Jeanette Arnold OBE in 2013 as she held lightsabre

Mr Johnson looked to be having a whale of a time on the black and white checked floor

Mr Johnson looked to be having a whale of a time on the black and white checked floor

The dancing video shows Mr Johnson and Ms Arnold dancing as she holds an illuminated blue lightsaber.

It is actually a Lucasfilm prop apparently given to the now-PM by the late Christopher Lee, who starred in the hit films. 

Internet merriment at Mr Johnson’s explanation of the May 2020 party showed no sign of abating today.

One photoshop-savvy Twitter user created a new version of the Now That’s What I Call A Party Anthems – of course swapping the word ‘party’ for ‘work event’.

Another changed Arsenal footballer Thomas Partey’s surname to the same thing.

Elsewhere a photoshoot of the PM and Rishi Sunak with beer barrels was reappropriated for a predictable new purpose.

And one prankster even joked about the Met Commissioner turning to music as a DJ named Cressida Decks. 

witter user created a new version of the Now That's What I Call A Party Anthems, changing it to 'work event'.

witter user created a new version of the Now That’s What I Call A Party Anthems, changing it to ‘work event’.

Arsenal footballer Thomas Partey's surname was changed to a different word in one meme

Arsenal footballer Thomas Partey’s surname was changed to a different word in one meme

A photoshoot of the PM and Rishi Sunak with beer barrels was reappropriated to mock him

A photoshoot of the PM and Rishi Sunak with beer barrels was reappropriated to mock him

One joked about the Met Commissioner turning to music as a DJ named Cressida Decks.

One joked about the Met Commissioner turning to music as a DJ named Cressida Decks.

James Corden was featured shouting party on one tweet about the gatherings at No 10 and its gardens.

Meanwhile a picture of a nightclub rave was captioned as a ‘work event’ by one witty web user.

A group of people in a swimming pool holding drinks were given similar treatment.

And an illustration of a group of primates having a tea party was captioned ‘Yet another work event for the money worshipping cult’.

This morning the Prime Minister’s former director of communications apologised over a No 10 party the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

James Slack, who until last year was Mr Johnson’s director of communications, apologised on Friday morning for the ‘anger and hurt’ his leaving party in April 2021 had caused. 

James Corden was featured shouting party on one tweet about the gatherings at No 10

James Corden was featured shouting party on one tweet about the gatherings at No 10

A picture of a nightclub rave was captioned as a 'work event' by one witty web user today

A picture of a nightclub rave was captioned as a ‘work event’ by one witty web user today

A group of people in a swimming pool holding drinks were also described as a work event

A group of people in a swimming pool holding drinks were also described as a work event

A drawing of a group of primates having a tea party was captioned 'Yet another work event for the money worshipping cult'.

A drawing of a group of primates having a tea party was captioned ‘Yet another work event for the money worshipping cult’.

Mr Slack said he took ‘full responsibility’ and was ‘deeply sorry’. 

It came after The Telegraph reported that advisers and civil servants gathered after work for two separate events on April 16 2021, as the country was in a period of mourning after the death of Prince Philip.

The events were to mark the departures of Mr Slack and one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers, the newspaper said.

The two events are said to have started separately and later merged. 

 

 


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