(Photo: Facebook)" data-caption="Boris Johnson on Facebook on June 19, 2020: "Thanks to the children and staff at Bovingdon Academy for the birthday wishes and cake!" The cake he was "ambushed" with is not pictured. (Photo: Facebook)" data-rich-caption="Boris Johnson on Facebook on June 19, 2020: "Thanks to the children and staff at Bovingdon Academy for the birthday wishes and cake!" The cake he was "ambushed" with is not pictured. (Photo: Facebook)" data-credit="Facebook" data-credit-link-back="" />
Boris Johnson was “ambushed with a cake” and was not having a “premeditated” birthday party, a supporter of the prime minister has said as the excuses for his alleged bash during lockdown reached a new level.
The PM’s wife Carrie reportedly arranged a surprise birthday party in Downing Street’s Cabinet Room with up to 30 people present for the prime minister on June 19, 2020.
Invitees allegedly included interior designer Lulu Lytle, who was not a member of a member of Downing Street staff, but was decorating the prime minister’s flat (the centre of a different No.10 scandal).
At the time, the government’s Covid restrictions stated only six people could meet, and it had to be outdoors.
No.10 has not denied this gathering took place but claimed it was just Downing Street staff who “gathered briefly”, and Johnson was only present for 10 minutes.
On Tuesday, the government front bench was out in force defending the prime minister’s position, and it was Conor Burns, the Northern Ireland minister and a long-standing ally, who was tasked with the evening rounds.
On Channel 4 News, he told Cathy Newman: “It was not a premeditated, organised party in that sense, that the prime minister himself decided to have sent out ...”
Newman interjected: “Well, invites were sent out.”
Burns responded: “Well, as far as I can see, he was in a sense, ambushed with a cake.”
"He was ambushed with a cake."
A Conservative MP says that a birthday celebration held in Downing Street for Boris Johnson wasn't a "premeditated party".
Conor Burns tells @cathynewman that he supports Boris Johnson and that "the public will ultimately judge". pic.twitter.com/EGy0lcxXLA
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 25, 2022
A Labour source told HuffPost UK: “The defining moment of the Johnson government. Who could have predicted it would end like this – except of course, everyone?”
Some cabinet ministers have already rallied around Johnson to defend him – including transport secretary Grant Shapps and environment secretary George Eustice – and culture secretary Nadine Dorries’ comments seemed particularly out of tune with public sentiment. But Burns’ comments take the biscuit (or cake).
If he can be ambushed by a cake, is he the guy to take on Putin?
— Danny Wallace (@dannywallace) January 25, 2022
Northern Ireland minister Conor Burns just claimed on @Channel4News that the Prime Minister had been ‘ambushed by a cake’. Not sure this victimhood narrative will do the trick, you know.
— Matthew d'Ancona (@MatthewdAncona) January 25, 2022
“I was ambushed with a cake” pic.twitter.com/kIMesd9oXQ
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) January 25, 2022
Johnson’s poodle Conor Burns claims #BorisJohnson was “ambushed” in his office by a birthday cake …. The more they trot out this offensive nonsense the more the people turn against them. @Channel4News
— Anna Soubry (@Anna_Soubry) January 25, 2022
Am hearing the getting ambushed by a cake defence is Flan B.
— THE SECRET TORY (@secrettory12) January 25, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.