Loose Women's Janet Street-Porter 'incandescent with rage' over Government drinks party

By Simon Duke

Janet Street-Porter told her Loose Women colleagues she'd been left 'incandescent with rage' over reports that scores of Downing Street staff enjoyed a drinks party while the country was subject to strict lockdown restrictions.

On Monday night, details of an email allegedly sent to Government employees inviting them to a 'bring your own booze' outdoor bash on May 20, 2020 were made public, with the invite urging staff to 'make the most of the lovely weather' and join together for socially distanced drinks in the garden of Number 10.

News of the large gathering, which is said to have been held when Brits were only allowed to meet one other person outside at a two metre distance, has sparked outrage with it dominating front pages and TV news broadcasts on Tuesday.

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The item was the first topic of discussion on the latest episode of Loose Women, with Janet telling host Ruth Langsford: "I was so incandescent when I heard this that I went to my diary, me, 'party animal Janet,' who's spent 50 years of her life out at every opportunity and on May 20 I did absolutely nothing!

"I was at home and, in fact, that entire week I was at home and I remember May 20 really clearly as we did Loose Women and I had to do it from home.

"I didn't come into the studio because I was over 75, from March 18 to July 7. I was advised not to do anything!"

Janet then added that the only thing she did on May 20, 2020 was go for a paddle in the river for 15 minutes near her home, saying: "That's what I was reduced to on May 20, 2020, while Boris Johnson, allegedly, and his wife and all his work mates, at least 30 of them; were enjoying wine and gin and tonics and probably cheese!"

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