Boris Johnson pulls OUT of visit after family member tests positive for Covid amid lockdown-breaking party fury

BORIS Johnson has dodged a public event after a relative got Covid – just one day after a gruelling showdown over a lockdown-busting bash.

The Prime Minister had been due to visit a vaccination centre in Burnley and take part in a pooled TV interview where he would have faced further questions.

No10 said a relative had tested positive for Covid meaning Boris will not travel – even though he doesn't need to isolate.

Under his own government's rules, those who are fully jabbed – like the PM is – do not need to quarantine even if a member of their household tests positive.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister will no longer be visiting Lancashire today due to a family member testing positive for coronavirus.

"He will follow the guidance for vaccinated close contacts, including daily testing and limiting contact with others."

The axed public event comes after the embattled PM finally admitted attending the party in May 2020 in a dramatic Commons grilling.

But Boris claimed he was there for just 25 minutes and said the back garden bash was a "work event".

He was branded "pathetic" and told the public think he is "lying" as he finally faced the music yesterday in a heated PMQs.

He has faced mounting questions over the Downing Street party on May 20, 2020, during the height of the first lockdown.

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The event took place in his back garden and is said to have included wine and nibbles – at a time where people were only allowed to meet in pairs outdoors.

Boris' Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds sent an email invite to more than 100 employees at No10 – including advisers, speech-writers and door staff.

Less than an hour earlier, Minister Oliver Dowden had begged the public at the daily press conference to stick to meeting in pairs outdoors.

Boris said: "I certainly wish that things would have happened differently on the evening of May the 20th and I apologise for all the misjudgements that have been made, for which I take full responsibility."

And he claimed he thought it was a "work event" where he thanked groups of staff "before going back into my office 25 minutes later".

PM'S APOLOGY

He said "with hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside… I should have recognised that even if it did fall within the guidance, there would be millions of people who would simply not see it that way."

The under-fire PM offered his "heartfelt apologies" but got a battering from Labour boss Sir Keir Starmer.

He branded him "pathetic" and called on him to quit.

Sir Keir said: "The British public think he's lying through his teeth" and raged: "Why does the Prime Minister still think that the rules don't apply to him?"

But Conservative MP Christopher Chope described the prime minister's apology as "genuinely sincere".

He said: "I’ve never heard such an abject apology from a government minister in my 30-plus years in this place.

"I think that the prime minister showed contrition and he realised he had done the wrong thing in not intervening at the time and all the rest of it.

“I think when somebody makes an apology like that, reasonable people accept the apology – obviously with the caveat that this is continuing because there’s a continuing inquiry."

He said in the short term "this is a monumental relief to myself and lots of other colleagues because we didn't think he'd be able to carry on" if the PM did not come clean.


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