The photos, obtained by ITV News, appear to show Johnson offering a toast during a colleague’s leaving party in November 2020; several bottles of alcohol litter the table in front of him. In some of the photographs, Johnson seems to be giving a speech, the ITV News report says.
At the time, indoor social mixing was banned due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, and no more than two people were allowed to meet outside.
Johnson’s premiership has been rattled by the so-called “Partygate” scandal, which has seen months of allegations of parties and gatherings at the heart of his government during various stages of pandemic lockdown.
The UK PM initially claimed in December that no parties had taken place, but police officers ultimately investigated eight events and Johnson and his Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, have both received fines for attending one.
The new images have led to a renewed wave of outrage from opposition lawmakers, and from some colleagues in Johnson’s own Conservative party.