Government guidance at the time stated people could meet “where the gathering is essential for work purposes – but workers should try to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace”.
Downing Street was also forced to publicly apologise to the Queen after it emerged that a leaving drinks had been held in Number 10 the night before Prince Philip’s funeral last year, where the Queen was made to mourn alone due to Covid restrictions.
It follows allegations that Mr Johnson attended a Christmas quiz in Downing Street in December 2020, contrary to lockdown restrictions at the time, as well as admissions of other gatherings having taken place around Westminster.
Tory backbenchers have said anger towards Downing Street’s actions had been boiling over, and that they had received countless messages from constituents expressing their ire.
In High Peak, Derbyshire, one constituency office was defaced with graffiti which read “LIES”.
There are now reports that the number of no confidence letters submitted to the 1922 Committee in the PM is teetering around the 54 needed to trigger a leadership election – if the number has not already been reached.