Look for “insiders” who leaked a picture of Boris Johnson, Carrie, and helpers with cheese and wine

It was revealed that Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings and ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock are among the government workers pictured “working” in the Downing Street garden during the lockdown.

The leaked photo of the garden meeting showed the Prime Minister, his then-fiancée Carrie and 17 other workers in the garden on May 15, 2020 with bottles of wine and a cheese platter on a table in front of Mr Johnson.

Those pictured appear to include Hancock, who earlier that day urged the British to obey rules and not meet more than one person outside, and Cummings, according to The Telegraph.

It turns out that a Whitehall insider is being sought with an “animus” against Boris Johnson, who is suspected of leaked a picture of a # 10 meeting.

Dominic Raab said it was clear that whoever posted the photo wanted to “harm the government.”

The picture of the garden meeting with wine and cheese, taken during the first national lockdown, was apparently taken from a first floor porch at the back of 11 Downing Street, where the Chancellor’s offices are.

Boris Johnson and staff were pictured during the first national wine lockdown in the Downing Street garden in May 2020

Boris Johnson and staff were pictured during the first national wine lockdown in the Downing Street garden in May 2020

The hunt for the so-called

The hunt for the so-called “snap rat” is underway. The Treasury Department angrily denied it was responsible, with a source saying, “There was no one on Team # 11. This room is accessible to anyone who works on Downing Street.

Who was in garden number 10?

BORIS JOHNSON, Prime Minister

CARRIE JOHNSON, wife of PM

Carrie was Mr Johnson’s fiancée at the time of the photo and she was pictured holding her baby Wilf.

MATT HANCOCK, Minister of Health

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock

Mr Hancock was Minister of Health at the time of the photo and had told the daily coronavirus briefing earlier that day, “People can now spend time outdoors and exercise as much as you want – and you can have someone outside of your household in one meet outdoors, public place. But please keep two meters apart. ‘

DOMINIC CUMMINGS, PM’s chief advisor

Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings

Spent 16 controversial months on Downing Street before giving up last December after losing a power struggle with Carrie Johnson.

MARTIN REYNOLDS, Chief Private Secretary of PM

Martin Reynolds

Martin Reynolds

Mr Reynolds has served in government for over a decade, serving as Prime Minister’s PPS since October 2019 after serving in the same role in the Foreign Office for four years.

JAMES SLACK, PM official spokesperson

James Slack

James Slack

Mr Slack has been the Prime Minister’s communications director since earlier this year, after nearly four years as Mr Johnson’s official spokesperson. Office.

JESS SELDON: Prime Minister’s Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs

IMRAN SHAFI, Private Secretary to the Prime Minister

A No. 10 source said the office “was in use by Rishi Sunak’s people and anyone else who went in would have been noticed.”

But the Treasury Department angrily denied it was responsible, and a source said, “There was no one on Team # 11. This room is open to anyone who works on Downing Street.”

Now it’s time to hunt for the so-called “snap rat”. The phrase is a nod to the “chatty rat” scandal when someone leaked plans for a second national lockdown last year.

A “chatty pig” was also accused of briefing Mr Johnson after giving a speech praising Peppa Pig World.

It was alleged today that some of the attendees at the event were some of Mr. Johnson’s top team such as Hancock and Cummings.

At the time the photo was taken, there were still restrictions on meeting others, and earlier that day then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock had told the daily coronavirus briefing, “People can now spend time outdoors and exercise as often as they want – and you can meet someone outside of your household in an outdoor public place.

‘But please keep a distance of two meters.’

The participants apparently also included the Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds, Private Secretary Imran Shafi, Official Spokesperson James Slack, and Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Jess Seldon.

Amid a series of allegations of parties on Downing Street and Whitehall during the lockdown, activists said the new photo showed the prime minister “ran a culture of belief that the rules have only applied to other people since the pandemic began”.

It was recorded on Friday, May 15, 2020, when people outside were only allowed to meet with one other person in a socially distant manner.

Thousands of people were unable to see dying loved ones in hospitals or nursing homes.

Last night, Mr. Johnson defended the congregation and said, “This is where I live, this is where I work; These were meetings of people at work where they talked about work. ‘

Sources said the photo was likely taken from one of the chancellor’s special advisors and officials’ state rooms. Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls claimed it was shot from the “first floor balcony at 11 Downing Street.”

Mr Raab, who was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today program if he believed that “someone or a group” is “leaking out to bring down Boris Johnson” said “it will certainly be done with animus”, to “harm the government”.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that the gathering was not a party because the attendees wore business suits.

He told Times Radio, “Downing Street used this garden as a place to work. They used it for work meetings.

“The photo is from the day I think the Prime Minister had just given a press conference.

“And sometimes they have a drink after a long day or week. And that’s not against the rules. ‘

The photograph received from the Guardian showed Mr Johnson, his then fiancée Carrie and 17 workers in the garden with bottles of wine and a cheese board on a table in front of the Prime Minister.

Mr. Raab said, “It is not only a workplace for all No. 10 staff and the Prime Minister, but also the residence of the Prime Minister and his very young family.”

Earlier, on the day the photo was taken, then Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the daily coronavirus briefing, “People can now spend time outdoors and exercise as often as they want – and you can have someone outside of your household in an outdoor Center meeting, public space. But please keep a distance of two meters. ‘

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said yesterday: “To say this is a working meeting is a bit of a stretch after any analysis.

“I think there are very serious questions to answer, but look at the photo and ask yourself: is this a work meeting or is this a social event? I think the answer is pretty obvious. ‘

Jo Goodman, co-founder of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said: “This supposed work meeting where there is no pen, paper or laptop in sight and is instead replaced with vital cheese and wine shows that.” [the Prime Minister] ushered in a culture of belief that the rules have only applied to other people since the beginning of the pandemic.

Twitter users compared the photo with their own stories about the separation from loved ones at the time.

One shared a picture of her son looking his grandmother through a window, while another shared how she was forbidden to sit in her garden with her mother shortly before she died.

The gathering is one of about a dozen that are reported to have taken place across Whitehall despite coronavirus restrictions.

Senior Official Sue Gray is investigating party reports.

A Twitter user shared how she was banned from sitting in her garden with her mother shortly before her death in May 2020

A Twitter user shared how she was banned from sitting in her garden with her mother shortly before her death in May 2020

In response to the photo leak, another person shared a photo of their son who saw his grandmother through a window last May

In response to the photo leak, another person shared a photo of their son who saw his grandmother through a window last May

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