Staff inside Downing Street held two staff leaving events featuring alcohol, and one with loud music, on the evening before Prince Philip's funeral in April last year, when such social contact remained banned, according to new allegations reported on Thursday.

Eyewitnesses told the Daily Telegraph that a combined total of about 30 people took part in what appeared to be social events in different parts of Downing Street, before both gatherings combined in the garden.

According to one attender, a staff member was sent with a suitcase to the Co-op on the Strand, a short walk away, returning with the case filled with bottles of wine.

Philip's funeral took place in the private chapel at Windsor Castle the next day, Saturday 17 April, with the Queen sitting alone to maintain social distancing.

labour deputy leader angela rayner wrote on twitter : "i have no words for the culture & behaviours at number 10 and the buck stops with the pm."

"the queen sitting alone, mourning the loss of her husband, was the defining image of lockdown.

Not because she is the Queen, but because she was just another person, mourning alone like too many others.

Whilst she mourned, Number 10 partied.

Johnson must go.

"The Conservative MPs that are keeping him in power disgrace their country."

The leading Brexiter, who campaigned alongside Johnson during the referendum in 2016, told the Telegraph there was a "moral vacuum at the heart of our government".

The Daily Telegraph reported that one Number 10 leaving event on 16 April last year was held for James Slack, the prime minister's departing director of communications, while another was for one of Mr Johnson's personal photographers.

A Downing Street spokesperson said, in relation to Slack's departure : "On this individual ’ s last day he gave a farewell speech to thank each team for the work they had done to support him, both those who had to be in the office for work and on a screen for those working from home."

'The buck stops with the PM' Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey repeated his call for Boris Johnson to resign in the wake of the latest allegations.

At the time of the newly-alleged parties, the country was in a period of national mourning, and England was still under strict COVID rules that banned socialising with other households indoors unless you had formed a support bubble.

the fresh claims are the first time that parties?

He confirmed he had written a letter of no confidence in the prime minister to Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs.

This event should not have happened at the time that it did.

He said he could not comment further as the matter had been referred to Sue Gray's investigation.

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