Gary Neville has slammed Boris Johnson and his ‘cronies’ for allegedly partying in Downing Street last Christmas while the rest of the country remained under Covid restrictions.
The Prime Minister was reported to the police by Labour MPs last week over allegations there were at least two parties in Downing Street during lockdown restrictions last Christmas.
The Daily Mirror also reported that two events had taken place in No 10 in the run-up to the festive season, where officials are said to have ‘knocked back glasses of wine during a Christmas quiz and a Secret Santa’.
It was claimed that around ‘forty or fifty’ people were ‘crammed cheek by jowl’ into a medium-sized room in Number 10 for each of the two events.
The Prime Minister has not explicitly denied that the parties took place, but No 10 has insisted that ‘all Covid rules were followed’.
And now, as the allegations continue to be investigated by the Metropolitan Police, former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville has called out Boris Johnson and his government, slamming them for ‘partying in a tax payer funded residence’.
He wrote: “Are we really going to let this Number 10 party go? No chance! Last Xmas was a misery. Listening to him standing up there telling us what we couldn’t do.
“Families not seeing each other , loved ones dying alone. Whilst him and his cronies party in a tax payer funded residence!”
His impassioned tweet was quick to go viral, with thousands of people rushing to applaud him for speaking out.
One social media user urged the former footballer to not let the issue go, writing: “Last [Christmas] we lost so many loved ones and couldn’t say goodbye in person. We were not allowed to pay respects at funerals due to the restricted numbers.
“Gary, don’t let this go, we are with you. I am extremely angry, upset & saddened. I want this corrupt govt held accountable.”
Another person wrote: “Keep asking, @GNev2, and keep the pressure on. We also need to know WHO was at @BorisJohnson’s Christmas shindig. Somebody knows.”
Neville has since followed up his tweet with a copy of a letter penned to his local MP, Mark Logan, wherein he enquires for an explanation as to why Bolton residents were forced into lockdown over Christmas ‘while the Prime Minister was partying with his colleagues and friends’.
In the letter, Neville explicitly asks Logan if he had attended any Christmas party related events with the Prime Minister or Cabinet, asking him to also ‘state your position on this matter’ and to get access to the attendee list.
His letter continued: “We need MPs to stand up and show the courage to do the right thing and speak out against wrongdoing and admitting when it has taken place… Hancock, Johnson and no doubt many others are living by different rules.”
The former footballer has encouraged his followers to each write a letter to their own local MPs on the matter.
Though this isn’t the first time Neville has waded into the messy world of politics; back in October, he went head-to-head with former Tory politician Edwina Currie in a heated debate about the government’s plan to axe the Universal Credit uplift.
He slammed the Conservative’s language as ‘always divisive’ and ‘not helpful’, saying that it’s ‘really dangerous to remove Universal Credit payments at this moment in time, it’s brutal’.
He said: “I trust the population of this country, I work on the theory that people aren’t sitting there lazy, they really want a good job. They want to get good pay, they want their mental health to be sorted.
“They’re not sitting there thinking, ‘I’m going to take the chancellors money and live off of their money for the next ten to fifteen years.”
GMP seize purple Lamborghini for driving ‘antisocially’ around Salford Quays
In certain parts of Greater Manchester nuisance drivers are a real issue for residents.
One such area is Salford Quays, with people driving around late at night and keeping people up at ungodly hours.
This was the case earlier this week, when a purple Lamborghini was spotted by police causing a racket in the area.
According to GMP Salford, the brightly coloured sports car was seen ‘driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing danger to others and making a racket during the night’.
As a result the Lamborghini Huracan was seized by officers.
GMP Salford wrote on their socials: “#WhileWeWereAway #GMPTransportUnit spotted this purple Lamborghini driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing a danger to other road users and pedestrians, and making a racket during the night for residents.
“The Huracan was seized under s.59 Police Reform Act #NotSoSuperCar”.
Aldi is selling a wine advent calendar just in time for Christmas
‘Tis the season to drink a lot of wine…
As the festive period looms ever closer, Aldi has unveiled this year’s boozy advent calendar and, for 2022, it’s all about the vino.
While the budget supermarket wowed shoppers with its gin and craft beer advent calendars last year, it has now unveiled a wine version, complete with a mini collection of elegant whites, reds and fruity rosés.
There are twenty-four bottles in the calendar, with each coming to a rough price of £2.49 each – which is a total steal for a quality glass of wine.
And you won’t be able to find these wines on the shelves in Aldi or online because they’re limited edition especially for the advent calendar.
The advent calendar costs £59.99 and will be available to buy online only from October 30th.
Here’s the full list of wines you’ll find in the box:
- JP. Chanet Original Brut X3 – 20cl.
- JP. Chanet Original Dry Rose X3 – 20cl.
- Brut d’Argent Chardonnay X3 – 20cl.
- Calvert Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon X -18.7cl.
- JP. Chanet Original Cabernet Syrah X2 – 18.7cl.
- Calvert Limited Release Merlot X1 – 18.7cl.
- Calvert Syrah X1 – 18.7cl.
- JP. Chanet Original Grenache Cinsault X4 – 18.7cl.
- Just Sauvignon Blanc X3 – 18.7cl.
- Just Pinot Grigio X3 – 18.7cl.
Additionally, Aldi will be bringing back its beloved cheese advent calendar, which will make for the perfect pairing with its vino counterpart.
It has also been reported that the supermarket has another alcoholic advent calendar in the works, though the supermarket is yet to confirm these rumours.
Aldi’s wine advent calendar goes on sale on its website on October 30th, so make sure to head over there to get yourself stocked up for Christmas.
Petition to axe Holly and Phil from This Morning passes 55,000 signatures
It comes after the hosts seemingly pushed in the queue to see the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Hall last week
A petition calling for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield to be axed from This Morning has now surpassed 55,000 signatures.
Holly and Phil were spotted filing into Westminster Hall on Friday last week as tens of thousands of mourners queued through the night to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth.
Yet while most people stood in the now-famous queue for as long as fifteen hours – football star David Beckham reportedly waited in the line for thirteen hours – the hosts seemingly skipped the entire queue.
The pair were immediately met with a wave of backlash online, with ITV bosses hastily insisting they were there as ‘credited members of the press’, and therefore had not pushed in the queue.
Holly and Phil themselves also addressed the backlash during Tuesday’s episode, saying while they both ‘understand the reaction’, they would ‘never jump a queue’.
They added that they had been given ‘official permission to access the hall’ like ‘hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists.’
Despite their explanation, however, a petition calling for their removal from This Morning – and the cancellation of the show altogether – continued to gain traction, with it today surpassing 50,000 signatures.
The petition, labelled ‘Axe Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from TV’, explains: “Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield, two hosts of one of the most damaging to mental health day time tv show This Morning, were able to push past those thousands and get immediate access.
“ITV should be ashamed of exploiting the situation. I’d like to see This Morning axed for good as I do believe it causes more harm than good, without people noticing. For example, like turning cost of living anxiety into a game show.
“At the least though, these toxic presenters Holly and Philip should finally be removed from our TV screens. They monopolised way too long.”
At the time of writing, the petition has 56,249 signatures, though this number is rising rapidly by the hour.
Sources close to Holly have told The Mirror that she has no intention of stepping aside from a job she loves, with her and Phil choosing to instead ‘weather the storm’.
They said: “The abuse has been nothing short of disgusting, not least as they have done nothing wrong and were fully entitled to media accreditation so they could inform their viewers.
“There is huge, real and serious concerns over their wellbeing and ITV are fully supporting them behind the scenes in the face of such relentless trolling.
“The channel backs them 110%.”
They added: “She [Holly] adores her job and would never quit. The whole experience has been totally brutal but one thing has remained constant, and that’s been ITV’s unwavering support.”