Birthday cake
Birthday cake

6,267 young children in Crawley haven’t had a birthday party in almost three years due to the lockdown restrictions, yet the man responsible for setting those rules has partied away at Downing Street.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that 6,267 children aged 11 or under in Crawley haven’t had the chance to hold a birthday party in almost three years thanks to coronavirus restrictions – rules that were set by Downing Street and yet ignored by Boris Johnson.

Those who played by the rules have missed millions of funerals, weddings, birthdays and special events–the Queen herself joined those who respected the rules when she said goodbye to Prince Philip.

Now we know that throughout the lockdown the Conservatives in No 10 partied away, including on the night before Prince Philip’s funeral and for Boris Johnson’s 56th birthday–an event to which his £140,000 interior designer Lulu Lytle was invited.

Peter Lamb, Labour Leader of Crawley Borough Council, commented:

“The Prime Minister can’t have his cake and eat it. If it was safe for Mr Johnson to hold a party for his 56th birthday, why did thousands of Crawley’s children have to go without celebrating their birthdays, and if it wasn’t safe to hold a party why has he repeatedly allowed the rules to be broken in his own home?”

“Local people made huge sacrifices to keep the vulnerable members of our community safe. The economic impact of the restrictions have hit Crawley’s economy harder than any other. Yet, our Prime Minister feels rules do not apply to him. It is time for Henry Smith to come out from hiding, to speak up on behalf of Crawley, and call for Boris Johnson to go.”

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