Piers Morgan has slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson for “laughing” amid fury over alleged government parties at Downing Street during lockdown.

A leaked email, which came to light on Monday, said: “Hi all, after what has been an incredibly busy period we thought it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening.

“Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

HeraldScotland: Rules in England at time of alleged Downing Street party. (PA)Rules in England at time of alleged Downing Street party. (PA)

Mr Johnson will avoid scrutiny over the allegation on Tuesday, as paymaster general Michael Ellis was instead dispatched to face an urgent question in the Commons.

Asked what the Prime Minister was doing rather than responding himself, the PM’s spokesman said: “I don’t have the full diary in front of me at the moment but it’s not uncommon, obviously, for Government ministers to answer these sorts of questions.”

Piers Morgan hits out at Boris Johnson

Piers Morgan has taken to social media to slam the “absolutely contemptible” Prime Minister who appears to laugh when questioned over the alleged lockdown parties in an interview with Sky News.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter shared the clip to his 7.9 million followers on Twitter.

He said: “He’s laughing???! He finds this FUNNY??

“People couldn’t be with their dying loved ones on HIS orders, while massive illegal parties were going on at Downing Street.

“And he’s sniggering like a naughty schoolboy when asked about it? Absolutely contemptible.”