Photos appear to show Boris Johnson toasting a colleague during lockdown party

New photos have emerged of Boris Johnson apparently making a toast with a glass of sparkling wine during a lockdown-breaching leaving party at 10 Downing Street.

The pictures, published by ITV News, appear to show a number of people attending a leaving party for former No 10 director of communications Lee Cain on 13 November 2020.

Mr Johnson is raising a plastic cup, apparently containing white wine and identified by ITV as “fizz”.

On a chair sits an official red box – used to carry ministers’ papers – and on the table next to him are two bottles of champagne or cava, four bottles of wine and half a bottle of gin. Also visible are party cups, biscuits, crisps and other food.

The event took place just eight days after England went into a national lockdown, barring gatherings with people outside your household except for essential work purposes.

A spokesperson for Partygate inquiry chief Sue Gray would not be drawn on whether or not the senior civil servant had seen the photos before she completing her report, which is expected to be released within days.

But a No 10 spokesperson said: “The Cabinet Office and the Met Police have had access to all information relevant to their investigations, including photographs. The Met have concluded their investigation and Sue Gray will publish her report in the coming days, at which point the prime minister will address parliament in full.”

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