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Who is James Slack? Boozy No 10 party thrown as his leaving do hours before Prince Philip's funeral

Hours before the Queen paid her final repcts to her husband of 73 years, James Slack and his colleague partied at No 10.

Just hours before the Queen attended the socially distanced funeral of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, Downing Street staff were reportedly partying.

The damning report comes just days after it was revealed Prime Minister Boris Johnson had attended a 'bring your own booze' garden party at No 10.

Staff reportedly partied into the early hours in the basement of No 10 and danced to music DJd by a special adviser.

A grown adult broke Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson's swing set, the one -year-old son of Boris and Carrie.

Meanwhile, another reveller was sent to a Co-op on the Strand with a suitcase to load up on alcohol. They returned with it filled with wine.

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The party took place on the night of 16 April, while the rest of the country were in Step 2 of lockdown.

This meant indoor gatherings were banned and the rule of six outside was in force. It is reported that over 30 people attended the No 10 party.

On the night the revelry happened, there were two leaving dos, one for a spin doctor and another for a photographer.

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Tony Diver of the Daily Telegraph, claims these two gatherings merged and formed the said over 30-person knees-up.

Who is James Slack?

Slack is the Prime Minister's former director of communications, meaning Johnson's spin doctor.

Appointed deputy editor-in-chief of the Sun newspaper following his departure from Downing Street, Slack said:

"I wish to apologise unreservedly for the anger and hurt caused. This event should not have happened at the time that it did. I am deeply sorry and take full responsibility."

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Slack was previously Home Affairs editor at the Daily Mail and moved to become political editor in October 2015, replacing James Chapman who was appointed spokesperson for then Chancellor George Osborne.

While at the Mail, Slack wrote the famously controversial 'Enemies of the People' frontpage in November 2016, which criticised judges in England's High Court of Justice.

It was widely condemned by the public and fellow journalists, but approved by right-leaning editor Paul Dacre.

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