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Downing Street held social gatherings dubbed ‘wine-time Fridays’ during pandemic lockdowns

A former No 10 source, who worked at the UK Prime Minister’s official residence all through 2020, confirmed to CNN that such gatherings regularly took place. The source said other people referred to them as “wine-time Fridays,” but the source did not personally attend the events.

Revelations of numerous parties at Downing Street — including one on the night before Prince Philip’s funeral last April — have caused a major political scandal for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and prompted questions about how long he can survive as leader of the governing Conservative party.

When contacted by CNN, Downing Street did not deny the reporting. It referred CNN to an ongoing inquiry by senior civil servant Sue Gray into such gatherings.

“There is an ongoing investigation to establish the facts around the nature of gatherings, including attendance, setting and the purpose with reference to…

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