GMB: Garraway makes DJ clarification during Thornberry rant
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Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway shut down Emily Thornberry’s fiery attack on Boris Johnson this morning. Ms Thornberry lashed out at the Prime Minister amid new reports that Downing Street staff held two leaving parties in No10 on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. The Labour’s Shadow Attorney General said that the latest accusation of parties at Downing Street “crosses the line”.
She said: “I think the reason they were having not one party but two parties that night, and the reason they had lost their heads was because the culture had developed at No 10 where it was thought that the laws didn’t apply to them.
“That culture was set by the first few months of the pandemic where there were parties and there continued to be parties and the Prime Minister would turn up.
“They felt they were gods, above the rest of us. That the laws applied to the rest of us, but not to them.
“It became so deeply ingrained that they felt it was okay to have a DJ in the basement and grown men to be playing on swings.”
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This prompted Ms Garraway to intervene, as fired back: “I’m not sure about the DJ. It was just someone playing music on the laptop.
“I get what you’re saying about the culture but we have to be careful that we don’t create stuff that is wrong.”
Ms Thornberry responded: “I’ll be clear The director of operations at No 10 was playing DJ in the basement
“The director thought it was appropriate to do that the night before Prince Philip’s funeral.
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“This, for me, crosses the line. To see such a contrast in the leadership at No 10 and the leadership of Her Majesty shows how bad it is, how profoundly wrong their behaviour was.”
The Shadow Attorney General was reacting to reports in The Telegraph overnight about gatherings made up of about 30 people drinking alcohol and dancing to music until the early hours on 17 April.
Coronavirus restrictions at the time banned indoor mixing between different households.
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The reported events were also held at a time when the UK was in a period of national mourning, which ran from 9 April to 17 April, following Prince Philip’s death.
During the basement gathering, sources claimed there was a “party atmosphere”, with a laptop placed on a photocopier with “music blaring out”.
Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, tweeted: “The Queen sat alone in mourning like so many did at the time with personal trauma and sacrifice to keep to the rules in the national interest.
“I have no words for the culture and behaviours at No 10 and the buck stops with the PM.”
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