Joe Lycett’s parody tweet of Sue Gray’s report into Downing Street parties allegedly caused ‘panic’ in government officials who believed the joke was an actual leak.
Lycett later revealed that a source told him ministers were left ‘running around panicking’ after the comedian’s joke.
Last night (January 27) the Birmingham-born comedian tweeted a mock Cabinet Office document.
‘A summary of my main findings:
‘A culture of Covid-19 regulation rule breaking at Number 10 Downing street.
‘Games were played which were known as ‘Slow Dance’ and ‘Pass the A***ole.
‘A number of WhatsApp groups were established to organise gatherings, with titles including ‘Definitely a meeting’ and ‘Down It Street.
‘At one party, a senior minister insisted all cabinet members get onto a table and perform Pure and Simple by Hear’Say.
‘Before one of the gatherings ********** who worked closely with the PM insisted everyone be tested and was subsequently referred to a ‘T***eral Flow’ by advisors.
‘A video of the PM’s wife at one party confirms her attendance in which she is heard saying ‘it could be as many as few as four and as many as sixty kids’ lol.
‘Please forward any queries to my email address [email protected]’
After his tweet went viral, Lycett then revealed in another tweet that he received a message from someone claiming they work for a cabinet minister.
They told Lycett that his tweet was read as an ‘actual serious leak from Sue Gray’s report’ and that it had ‘MP staff literally running around panicking’.
You can see the comedian’s tweets below
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