The prime minister’s former director of communications has apologised for the “anger and hurt” caused by a Downing Street party in his honour held last year.
The Daily Telegraph reported that a leaving do was held for James Slack on 16 April 2021.
Slack, who was appointed deputy editor-in-chief of the Sun newspaper last year, 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.”
He said he could not comment further as the matter had been referred to Sue Gray’s investigation.
The next day the Queen attended the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh wearing a face mask and socially distanced from her family at Windsor Castle in line with Covid restrictions.
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