Shocked Mayor Andy Street was left in disbelief over reports of a Downing Street party during the first national lockdown.
The Conservative Mayor for the West Midlands, whose mum Jacky died of Covid last year, said finding out about the gathering in the garden at No 10 when the country was under restrictions was “pretty incredible.”
The 58-year-old told BBC Radio WM that he is “very hungry” to find out what happened.
Reports, based on emails leaked to ITV News, claim up to 100 people were invited to a “bring-your-own-booze” drinks event on May 20, 2020 at the height of the first lockdown.
At that time, large gatherings were banned and even meeting outdoors with anyone outside of your household was limited to just one other person.
The latest revelation comes on the back of several claims of Christmas parties taking place in 10 Downing Street and other government departments in December 2020 as the nation prepared for its first Christmas under lockdown restrictions.
“When I saw this I thought, I can’t really believe this, if I’m honest,” he said.
“It was May 2020, a time when we were all restricted. My idea of going out was to walk along the canal with one friend, frankly, and I’m sure there’s lots of people in the West Midlands who have their own recollections of what they were doing in May 2020.
“So yes, it is very difficult to believe.”
The politician revealed that his mum died of Covid-19 at Heartlands Hospital in February 2021. He also paid a touching tribute to the NHS staff who cared for his beloved mum during her last days.
Mr Street said an inquiry into suspected Downing Street parties would hopefully discoverer who went.
“What we don’t know is whether the Prime Minister was there. I obviously can’t possibly comment on that, but that’s why the inquiry has got to come,” he added.
“And I’m sure that when the inquiry finds out the facts, then the conclusions and the consequences will be acted upon.”
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