January 11, 2022, 8:28 am | Updated January 11, 2022 9:23 am
This is the moment Nick Ferrari asked Health Secretary Ed Argar about the No10 parties in 2020.
LBC’s Nick Ferrari challenged Health Secretary Ed Argar at a meeting on Downing Street in 2020.
The Prime Minister’s Private Secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited more than 100 Downing Street employees to a “Bring Your Own Booze” party at Garden Number 10 this spring.
It was also alleged that Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie attended the event.
Police have since confirmed they are in contact with the cabinet office after an email leak revealed details of the illegal lockdown meeting.
In England at the time, outdoor social gatherings were forbidden.
Nick said, “Why should my audience listen to a word the Prime Minister says when it looks like he’s stooped so he can’t lie straight in bed?
“He lied, lied and lied again.”
In response, Mr. Argar said, “Based on the allegations, I can fully understand why people are angry, upset and hurt.
“So I think it’s right that the Prime Minister came into the house – before Christmas – and apologized and understood why people were disgusted with the videos and allegations.
“He did the right thing in hiring Sue Gray – a very senior and experienced officer with the greatest integrity – to investigate this without fear or favor.”
He added, “I know that what I suspect your listeners are – I am interested in knowing these facts.”
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Nick went on to say, “[The PM] led you astray, he led me astray, he led the public astray, and he led the house astray, didn’t he? “
Mr. Argar stated: “These are allegations at the moment. I don’t know and I haven’t attended any parties so I don’t know from personal experience what happened or not.
“I think it is right that she has the space to investigate and see what happened.”
Labor MP Ed Miliband said: “I am overwhelmed by this.
He added: “[The PM] can not hide behind this request. If I went to a party, I know if I went to the party or not.
“Sue Gray doesn’t have to tell me if I went to the party. I don’t need a request to tell myself if I went to the party.
“He has to tell us: did he go to the party? How can he justify that? How can he justify his statements in the House of Commons that he did not break any rules, that all the rules were obeyed?
“It’s a lazy culture. It is inconceivable that this would be permissible, that this was considered ok.
“It seems inconceivable to me.”
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The “Bring Your Own Booze” party took place five days after another event where the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie Johnson were pictured with Downing Street officials over wine and cheese in the garden.
The Met at the time said it would not investigate alleged violations of Covid regulations due to “lack of evidence” and a “do not investigate retrospective violations” policy.
The string of party allegations has resulted in a continued turmoil of anger among the British, with many isolated from their family and friends during the events.
After the cheese and wine gathering, people shared their stories online with pictures of how they spent May 2020 in lockdown.
At the time, Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden had told everyone in England that there were only two people they could meet outdoors in order to contain the spread of the virus.