CLACTON’S MP has said he feels “let down” after Boris Johnson admitted attending a gathering while England was in lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday issued a “heartfelt apology” in the House of Commons after he admitted attending a gathering in the garden of Number 10 when they were banned.

He claimed he believed it was a work event - and therefore legitimate - and said he was there for 25 minutes to thank staff for their hard work.

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However, Giles Watling told the Gazette he was “certainly not invited” and didn’t know anything about the event which took place in May 2020.

“Fundamentally the whole thing is a big let-down,” said Mr Watling.

“We all know there were many examples of rule breaking up and down the country, in institutions, companies and private homes, but those that make the rules should stick to them.

“On a personal level, I was unable to visit my dying sister until the very end and I had restrictions on being able to see my family and this has been reflected up and down the country.

Mr Johnson has now said it is a matter for Sue Gray, the senior civil servant who is investigating the gathering, to determine what happened.