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MPs in Suffolk have remained tight-lipped and reluctant to share their thoughts on the revelation that a party took place in Downing Street at the height of lockdown.

A leaked email was revealed yesterday showing Boris Johnson's principal private secretary Martin Reynolds inviting more than 100 staff at Number 10 to a party in the garden of Downing Street in May 2020.

Mr Reynolds said in the email that staff should 'bring their own booze' and 'make use of the lovely weather'.

Suffolk News contacted each MP in Suffolk for comment
Suffolk News contacted each MP in Suffolk for comment

This email was sent at a time when the public were banned from meeting indoors, and rules stated that you could only meet one other person not in their household outside at social distance.

After the latest revelation, Suffolk News has contacted all seven MPs in the area, with only one responding.

The spokesman for West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock said he would not be commenting.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt. Picture: Houses of Parliament
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt. Picture: Houses of Parliament

We left a voicemail message with the office of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Daniel Poulter, and in an attempt to call again, it was abruptly ended before it could ring out.

Similar attempts were made with Ipswich MP Tom Hunt, who was unable to answer the phone.

A spokesperson for Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, passed on contact details for one reporter and a message asking if he would like to comment, but he is yet to respond.

At the time of writing, we are yet to hear from Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill, South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge or Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey.