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Boris Johnson sorry for attending lockdown party, deflects calls to resign

UK PM Johnson is facing a tide of anger from public and politicians over claims he and his staff flouted pandemic restrictions by socialising when it was banned.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologised for attending a garden party during Britain’s coronavirus lockdown in 2020, but brushed aside opposition demands that he resign for breaching the rules his own government had imposed.

Johnson acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that he went to a May 2020 garden party at his Downing Street office, though he said that he had considered it a work event to thank staff for their efforts during the pandemic.

“I want to apologise. With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside,” Johnson told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

Opponents and allies alike have been demanding Johnson come clean about the “bring your own booze” party, held when Britain was under a strict lockdown imposed by Johnson to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

An invitation to the “socially distanced drinks” gathering was emailed to about 100 people by a senior prime ministerial aide. 

At the time, people in Britain were barred by law from meeting more than one person outside their household.

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