Well, consider me entertained and call me Caesar: there was not just one illicit party ministers and aides were having during lockdown last year. At least seven large-scale gatherings are thought to have taken place whilst England was under coronavirus restrictions.

  • 13 November 2020: A jamboree was held in Number 10 on the day Dominic Cummings walked out as a special adviser.
  • 13 November 2020: On the same evening, Johnson gave a speech for his outgoing chief Lee Cain, with The Times questioning if the event breached the rules.
  • 27 November 2020: Another leaving do, this time for Cleo Watson, is reported by the Guardian as being remarkably full.
  • 10 December 2020: The Mirror says that the then Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, held a party at the Department for Education. They admitted it should not have taken place.
  • 14 December 2020: A “raucous” bash happened at Conservative Party Headquarters with former Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey present.
  • 18 December 2020: The day of the infamous Downing Street secret Santa night with canapés. As many as 50 people attended.
  • December 2020: The Times say a Number 10 Christmas quiz occurred with late-night drinking.

Paymaster General Michael Ellis told the House of Commons earlier the Cabinet Office will investigate the parties that happened on 27 November and 10 December, and the Downing Street do on 18 December . The Hound wonders whether there are other illegal shindigs the Government are hiding from the public eye.