POLITICAL OPPONENTS have called for a “full investigation” by the Leader of the House of Commons, following rumours Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech to at least 50 Conservatives in a parliament room marked for a maximum of 29 people.
The PM remarked that his colleagues were packed “cheek by jowl” as he gave a speech to the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs on Thursday night, it was reported.
A Number 10 spokesman did not deny concerns that social distancing rules may have been breached but refused to clarify the circumstances.
“I’m not privy to the detail, it’s a political event,” he said.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench committee, insisted “social distancing of one metre plus was maintained”.
But the Liberal Democrats said any speculation threatened to “undermine faith in government and ultimately impact the effectiveness of government public health messaging”.
“We cannot allow it to look as though there is one rule for Conservative MPs and another for the rest of the country,” said Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse.