Do you seriously call that a party? Dan Wootton clashes with guest over partygate
Boris Johnson apologised for attending the Downing Street gathering in the House of Commons today
Dan Wootton has clashed with guest Nigel Nelson over whether Boris Johnson's lockdown-busting birthday celebration in the Cabinet Room of No 10 in June 2020 was actually a party.
Dan asked panel guests: “Do you honestly think a bunch of staff members walking into a room with a cake in a Tupperware box and beers that were never actually opened was a party?
“He was there for less than ten minutes!”
Mr Nelson, political editor at the Daily Mirror replied: "Boris did break the rules there, it was a party and police are looking at some others that were more raucous and others with more alcohol there."
He continued: "What’s extraordinary about a workplace is that it seems to be a place that serves cheese and wine willy nilly, tables are groaning with alcohol.
"The only other workplace that would have done that at the time was a pub and they were all closed."
Mr Nelson insisted the public should not forgive the Prime Minister for attending the gathering at Downing Street, despite his apology to MPs in the House of Commons today.
He also said: "He went to parties and then said they were work events - he didn’t stick to the rules."
In today's apology Mr Johnson said: “Let me say, not by way of mitigation or excuse but purely because it explains my previous words in this House, that it did not occur to me then or subsequently that a gathering in the Cabinet Room just before a vital meeting on Covid strategy could amount to a breach of the rules.
“I repeat that was my mistake and I apologise for it unreservedly.
“I respect the outcome of the police investigation, which is still under way, and I can only say that I will respect their decision-making and always take the appropriate steps.”
Mr Johnson said he has taken “significant steps” to change the way things work in No 10.
He continued: “It is precisely because I know that so many people are angry and disappointed that I feel an even greater sense of obligation to deliver on the priorities of the British people."