Boris Johnson PMQs – Watch LIVE as PM faces brutal grilling on Number 10 lockdown parties & demands to apologise

BORIS Johnson is facing a brutal grilling over Downing Street lockdown parties at Prime Minister's Questions today.

You can watch the PM facing questions about the scandal live on this page by clicking the video above.

Ahead of taking questions, Mr Johnson made a statement saying he wanted to apologise for wrongdoings at Number 10, but tried to claim he thought he thought he was at a work event when he attended the booze-fuelled party.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer branded the apology "ridiculous" and "insulting", accused the Prime Minister of "lying through his teeth" and urged him to resign.

He added that Boris is "a man without shame" and raised cases from how the public were separated from their loved ones at the height of lockdown while alcohol-fuelled parties were secretly held at the heart of government.

The Prime Minister will also face calls from his own party to admit how many of the parties he attended himself and to try to nip the scandal in the bud by simply apologising rather than dodging questions.

Read our covid live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    'We have been doing everything we can to protect families'

    Boris Johnson continues to reassure the public, "I want to reassure people of this country we have been doing everything we can to protect families.

    "We have been working to make sure the population has the most antivirals.

    "We have delivered the fastest vaccine roll out in Europe."

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    They ‘joked about being caught by DRONES and downed gin’

    Senior staff stocked up on booze from the local Tesco by Westminster tube station before drinking in the sunshine throughout the evening.

    But 18 months after the May 20, 2020 booze-up the PM is now suffering the hangover from hell as bombshell details of the event emerge.

    Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie are accused of attending the bash organised by top No10 official Martin Reynolds.

    In a now notorious email to more than 100 Downing St staff Mr Reynolds invited them to "socially distanced drinks" at 6pm and encouraged them to "bring your own booze".

    Just an hour earlier Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden was at the No10 podium telling Brits to stick to the rules by only meeting one other person outdoors.

    Shortly after sending the email Mr Reynolds got cold feet but thought pulling the plug would draw more attention to claims of rule-breaking, The Times reports.

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    'I take full responsibility'

    Boris Johnson has taken full responsibility for the events that took place within the garden of 10 Downing Street.

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    'Things should have been done differently'

    Boris Johnson has apologised to the public but continues his defense by saying "I except we should have done things differently on that evening,

    "I believe the events were within the guidance of the rules."

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    PM quizzed on rules

    Keir Starmer has asked "Why does the Prime Minister think the rules do not apply to him?"

    Boris Johnson replied by saying that Keir Starmer should wait for the 'inquiry to be concluded'.

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    Keir Starmer is furious

    Keir Starmer has taken to the stand and displayed his fury.

    "It is so ridiculous that it is actually offensive to the public"

    "Is he now going to resign."

    As Boris Johnson went to reply he was met with 'boos' from the Mp's and proceeded to sit down.

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    Boris Johnson has said that the 'garden party' was a work event

    Boris Johnson has claimed that the 'garden party' that took place in the gardens of Downing Street was a work event.

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    Boris Johnson has apologised

    Mr speaker "I want to apologise, I know people have made sacrifices."

    "I have learned enough there are things we did simply not get right"

    "I went in to that garden to thank groups of staff"

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    Boris Johnson has entered

    Boris Johnson has now arrived at Prime Minister's Questions.

    He will be faced with some very challenging questions from many MP's.

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    Omicron IS milder than other Covid strains, studies show

    A string of positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains, with data revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.

    Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

    The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits’ arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions and protect the NHS.

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    Boris has arrived

    Boris Johnson has arrived at the House of Commons ahead of Prime Ministers questions.

    Stay tuned for the latest.

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    MP in tears revealing mum-in-law died alone as No10 aides partied

    In highly charged scenes, veteran DUP MP Jim Shannon broke down in tears as he told Parliament of his family’s heartbreak after it was revealed Downing Street was breaking the rules it had set.

    Mr Shannon said: “In Northern Ireland we reached the milestone of 3,000 deaths due to Covid just last week. Including my mother-in-law, who died alone.”

    Meanwhile, the usually rowdy chamber fell silent as Labour MP Afzal Khan said his mum died alone of coronavirus. He told how he sat in his car outside the hospital so he could be “close to her”.

    PM Boris Johnson is battling to cling on to his job after a bombshell email revealed No 10 staff were invited to a boozy Downing St garden party on May 20, 2020 — the height of the first lockdown.

    The email was sent by the PM’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds. It invited 100 staff to “socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden”.

    It encouraged guests to “bring your own booze” and “make the most of the lovely weather”.

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    Bizarre Omicron symptom that could be an ’emergency warning sign’, docs warn

    Doctors have warned if you develop confusion it could mean you need medical treatment.

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it is an "emergency warning sign".

    They suggest seeking out help "immediately" if you or someone in your household starts to seem confused while suffering with Covid.

    The CDC also says anyone experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, inability to stay awake or pale or blue skin, lip or nail beds, should get urgent help.

    While it's important to watch out for warning signs of serious illness, a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains in the vaccinated.

    Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

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    Latest figures

    DAILY Covid cases yesterday dropped 45 per cent in a week – another positive sign that the Omicron variant is gradually slowing down.

    A further 120,821 infections were announced on Tuesday afternoon by the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA), compared with a record high of 218,724 reported seven days ago.

    Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

    Meanwhile, Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s regional director for London said yesterday that officials are starting to see a decrease in Covid prevalence in the capital.

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    Top 20 Omicron symptoms

    Unlike other variants of Covid, symptoms for Omicron have been a lot more diverse with scientists now saying people can have “a wide range of symptoms”.

    • Headache
    • Runny nose
    • Fatigue
    • Sneezing
    • Sore throat
    • Persistent cough
    • Hoarse voice
    • Other
    • Chills or shivers
    • Fever
    • Dizzy
    • Brain fog
    • Altered smell
    • Eye soreness
    • Unusual muscle pains
    • Skipped meals
    • Loss of smell
    • Chest pain
    • Swollen glands
    • Feeling down
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      Diarrhoea could be an unusual Omicron symptom

      With previous coronavirus strains like Delta, the symptoms were generally easier to identity such as a continuous cough, fever and a loss of taste and smell.

      Omicron though has been harder to identify as it has been found to blend in with other symptoms of seasonal illnesses such as flu or the common cold.

      The variant has also caused other concerns due to its high transmission rate.

      The Center for Disease Control (CDC), based in the US, has now said people with Covid can have “a wide range of symptoms”.

      This can range from a slightly blocked nose to breathing difficulties, with the latter needing urgent medical attention.

      Although having diarrhoea has also been highlighted as a condition with other coronavirus strains.

      People with compromised immune systems are the most likely to experience diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, reports NBC Chicago.

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      Soldiers called in

      Soldiers have been called in to support paramedics in the East Midlands amid Covid staffing shortages.

      Hospitals and ambulance teams have been crippled by record-high infection rates that have forced thousands off work to self-isolate.

      In latest developments, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) announced it would be joined by 60 military personnel for support.

      The soldiers will help with responding to non-urgent patients in the coming weeks and helping with tasks such as basic care. 

      Ben Holdaway, EMAS director of operations, said it would ensure paramedics “can focus on attending the life-threatening and serious emergencies”.

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      Boris to face dramatic PMQs showdown

      The PM will be forced out of hiding at midday to answer question from Labour about whether he attended the lockdown-busting bash.

      He is under huge pressure from Tory ministers and MPs to admit details of the May 2020 booze up and apologise.

      Some within the party have called on him to resign if it turns out he misled Parliament over his knowledge of the event.

      Sir Keir Starmer will grill the PM across the despatch box provided he exits self-isolation today.

      The Labour leader, who caught Covid last week, returned a negative test yesterday and needs another today to end quarantine.

      If he can't attend his deputy Angela Rayner will lead the inquisition.

      This morning she said if it turns out Boris lied to Parliament and the public about the party then his position will be "untenable".

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      Highest number of kids of school due to Covid since September

      Some 315,000 children — one in 25 — are absent already this term.

      And 44,000 staff — more than one in 12 are off. It is more than in the run-up to Christmas and is having a “significant impact”, say unions.

      Some schools have had to create classes of 100-plus children taught in sports halls.

      The crisis is fuelling calls for Covid self- isolation periods to be slashed from seven to five days, with a decision likely this week.

      A total of 585 former teachers are returning in supply roles.

      Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “I can’t sing the praises of all staff highly enough."

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      What could the results be of 5 day isolation?

      Only two per cent more people would be infectious if Covid isolation ended on day five, analysis shows.

      Eight per cent of infected people would be able to spread the disease on the fifth day after two negative lateral flow tests.

      It compares with 6.2 per cent on the seventh, the UK Health Security Agency found.

      Separate data showed 31.4 per cent of people were still infectious after five days.

      But two negative tests more than halved the risk of being released while infectious.

      Ministers are under pressure to reduce the self-isolation period.

      Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “If it is possible to go further then we will do so.”

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      Spain suggest DOWNGRADING Covid to ‘like the flu’

      Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez pushed his EU counterparts to debate the possibility of treating Covid like the flu.

      The European leader told a local radio channel the situation in Spain "is not what we faced a year ago" and that it was time "to evaluate the evolution of COVID to an endemic illness".

      The move would see lockdowns and daily infection counts scrapped in favour of a system that would track Covid cases like the regular flu.

      The measure is set to meet stiff resistance from Germany and France where vaccinations rates remain low and where French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to make engaging in public life as tough as possible for the unvaccinated.

      Sánchez cited Spain's "exemplary" vaccine uptake which has seen more than 90 per cent of the population over 11 years old become fully vaccinated and 85 per cent of over 60s get a booster as a case for the radical change.

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      Brits could be the first out of the pandemic, says professor

      Britain may be the first country “out of the pandemic”, a public health expert has said.

      Four in five adults in England have had a booster.

      Public health expert Prof David Heymann said that antibodies from the vaccines, and in those previously infected, means 95 per cent of Brits now having some Covid immunity.

      He said the high levels of protection mean it is increasingly becoming a disease Brits can live with.

      The ex-World Health Organisation boss said: “The UK is the closest to any country of being out of the pandemic — if it isn’t already — and having the disease as endemic as the other four coronaviruses (which cause common colds).”

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      Djokovic’s dad calls on the QUEEN to intervene

      The World Number One's father, Srdjan Djokovic, slammed Australia as a "fake democracy" and claimed his son was being treated as a "political prisoner".

      Officials told him his exemption from strict Covid clamps Down Under was flawed.

      But a judge overturned the decision on Monday, ordering the player’s immediate release from the quarantine hotel and telling the government to pay his legal costs.

      Djokovic’s father Srdjan then sparked hysteria by claiming his son had been arrested and taken back into custody.

      Government officials have insisted Djokovic was never arrested and said he was free to move into his rented accommodation.

      During a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Srdjan urged the Queen to get involved in the fiasco and "protect the human rights" of his son, the New Zealand Herald reports.

      According to a translation, he said: "I call on Queen Elizabeth, the leader of the Commonwealth, to intervene and protect the human rights of my son and to stop the political prosecution carried out against him since he came to Australia."

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      Boris Johnson can’t wriggle out of garden party scandal by sacking officials

      This is a comment piece by Trevor Kavanagh, Associate Editor

      “THE Slippery Pig” is in trouble this time.

      There seems no way out of the trap Boris Johnson set for everyone in Britain except, it turns out, himself.

      Lockdown was arguably an abuse of power the moment this novel form of house arrest began.

      It was justified by the threat to the NHS from a lethal pandemic unleashed, probably, from a laboratory in Communist China.

      Indeed — before nearly dying of Covid — Boris planned to reject Sage advice and follow Sweden, trusting people to follow advice without penal sanctions.

      Instead, he created emergency powers to shut Britain down and punish anyone who defied them.

      Ministers and MPs, some in tears, warned he was shredding the hard-won liberties he had spent his life supporting so eloquently in print.

      Who can forget the funeral parlour jobsworth separating a grieving widow from her sons?

      Yet at the very moment Downing Street was issuing these commands, Boris was in the garden with Carrie and 30 staffers quaffing wine and sausage rolls in the sunshine.

      Such contempt for ordinary people, once looked down on as The Great Unwashed, has brought down bigger historic figures than Alex­ander de Pfeffel Boris Johnson.

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      Garden party email leak

      A bombshell leaked email from his top official confirmed the May 20, 2020 “bring your own booze” garden bash.

      Downing Street did not deny the PM and wife Carrie attended the party, that eyewitnesses claim saw 40 civil servants and aides “enjoy the sunshine” while mixing was banned for the rest of the country.

      But the PM stood by embattled mandarin Martin Reynolds, who defied warnings to invite more than 100 staff to the booze-up, insisting he “remained in post” last night.

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