The pressure is mounting: a British broadcaster is reporting on a lockdown surprise party for Boris Johnson
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A supposed surprise party could put even more pressure on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to a report by the television broadcaster ITV, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to have celebrated his birthday in a larger group in the middle of the lockdown. Johnson's wife Carrie organized a surprise party for the Prime Minister in the Cabinet meeting room at Downing Street, the report said.
Up to 30 guests were present at the alleged celebration on the afternoon of June 19, 2020, including mainly employees, but also the designer Lulu Lytle, who renovated the Johnsons' official apartment for a lot of money at the time. According to the report, Carrie Johnson then started singing the song "Happy Birthday". Later, several family members were at the Johnsons' home for a private party.
A government spokeswoman did not dispute the report of the afternoon party, according to ITV, but described the event as a brief meeting of staff following a briefing to congratulate the PM.
Johnson was there for less than ten minutes.
The spokeswoman dismissed the report about guests in the official apartment as “completely untrue”.
Johnson only received a small group of family members outdoors.
"Partygate" affair causes polls to collapse
Johnson has come under heavy pressure because of the "Partygate" scandal surrounding countless lockdown parties at the seat of government.
The prime minister repeatedly apologized for parties and alleged misjudgments – including with the queen.
The latest revelations have slumped approval ratings for both Johnson and his Conservative Party.
Johnson was able to fend off an internal party revolt last week.
However, several MPs from his own party have turned their backs on him and are reportedly planning a vote of no confidence in their party leader.
The results of an internal investigation are expected this week.