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Scotland Yard has a photograph of

Boris Johnson

holding a can of beer at his birthday party in June 2020, The Mirror reports.

The Prime Minister is shown standing next to Chancellor

Rishi Sunak

, who is holding a soft drink, in the Downing Street Cabinet Room.

Sources said Johnson appeared to be raising his can of Estrella beer towards the camera in a toast.

The controversial image is believed to have been taken by

Johnson's official

taxpayer-funded photographer who was documenting the event.

It is believed to be among 300 images sent to the Metropolitan Police as evidence of the gatherings known as



These are believed to include photos taken at parties and those taken by security system cameras that show when people enter and leave buildings.

It is also believed that multiple images taken by the official photographer, Andrew Parsons, were given to Scotland Yard.

Downing Street

admitted staff "gathered briefly" at a surprise birthday celebration hosted by

Carrie Johnson

, but said the prime minister only stayed 10 minutes.

But at the time, indoor social gatherings were still prohibited by lockdown laws as the country emerged from the first wave of the pandemic.

Lawyer Adam Wagner, an expert on

Covid law,

said: "The legal question for the Prime Minister is whether he participated in the meeting. The fact that he was photographed holding a beer strongly suggests that he did and therefore committed a Criminal offense".

The image shows the two high-ranking politicians surrounded by aides, but

without a birthday cake

, the sources said.


's wife

gathered the 30 best employees to sing happy birthday before eating picnic food from M&S.

Lulu Lytle

, the interior designer behind the

Downing Street

apartment's lavish renovations , also briefly attended.

Later that night, the prime minister and his wife were said to have received family friends at their upstairs residence, in a further apparent breach of rules.

Downing Street

denied these claims, saying the prime minister received a small number of relatives abroad.

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