Boris Johnson has been facing fresh allegations of lockdown rule breaking after it was released by ITV that a birthday party for the Prime Minister was held.

Downing Street has now conceded that staff “gathered briefly” in the Cabinet Room following a meeting after it was alleged 30 people attended and shared cake despite social mixing indoors being banned.

ITV News reported the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, had organised the surprise get-together complete with a chorus of “happy birthday” on the afternoon of June 19, 2020.

Some staff working in No 10 that day gathered in the Cabinet Room briefly to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday.

He was there for less than 10 minutes.

Interior designer Lulu Lytle, who was renovating No 10 at the time, admitted attending but insisted she was only present “briefly” while waiting to talk to Mr Johnson about the refurbishments.

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A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than 10 minutes.”

ITV News also reported later that evening family friends were hosted upstairs to further celebrate the Prime Minister’s 56th birthday in his official residence.

However, No 10 said: “This is totally untrue. In line with the rules at the time the Prime Minister hosted a small number of family members outside that evening.”

Sir Keir Starmer said the latest revelations were “yet more evidence that we have got a Prime Minister who believes that the rules that he made don’t apply to him”.

“The Prime Minister is a national distraction and he’s got to go,” the Labour leader added.

Soane Britain, the luxury designer co-founded by Ms Lytle, said she was in Downing Street that day “working on the refurbishment”, which has been subject to multiple investigations over its funding.

“Lulu was not invited to any birthday celebrations for the Prime Minister as a guest,” the spokeswoman said.

“Lulu entered the Cabinet Room briefly as requested while waiting to speak with the Prime Minister.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is also understood to have briefly attended as the gathering was breaking up as he entered the room to attend a Covid strategy meeting.

Sue Gray was understood to have already been aware of the birthday party allegations and therefore their emergence will not further delay the publication of her inquiry, which is still expected this week.

The senior civil servant has been investigating a series of claims of rule-breaking parties in No 10 as Mr Johnson faces calls to resign as Prime Minister, including from some of his own Conservative MPs.

Earlier on June 19 2020, Mr Johnson visited a school in Hertfordshire where pupils sang him happy birthday as he posed socially distanced with them.

ITV News reported that picnic food from M&S was eaten during the afternoon gathering starting just after 2pm and lasting for up to 30 minutes, while Mrs Johnson and Ms Lytle presented the PM with a cake.

At the time, social gatherings indoors were not prohibited under lockdown laws. Up to six people were able to socialise outdoors.

Jo Goodman, the co-founder of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign, said: “It’s completely sickening that the Prime Minister spent the evening sharing cake with 30 friends indoors and though we’re not even surprised anymore, it still brings fresh pain.

“Whilst dozens sang happy birthday to him, families couldn’t even sing in memory at their loved one's funerals.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries tweeted, questioning whether any rules were broken at the latest gathering: “So, when people in an office buy a cake in the middle of the afternoon for someone else they are working in the office with and stop for ten minutes to sing happy birthday and then go back to their desks, this is now called a party?”

Environment Secretary George Eustice told reporters: “What really happened here is a small group of staff who had been working closely with the Prime Minister brought in a birthday cake at the end of the day and there was 10 minutes there around sharing a piece of cake.

“I don’t think that really constitutes a party in the way some of the more serious allegations that are being investigated maybe do.”

But human rights lawyer Adam Wagner, an expert on Covid regulations, said he “can’t see how it could have been lawful”, if the reporting was accurate.

“It’s obviously not within the rules and nobody from the Government at the time would have said for a moment it was,” he said.