Comedian Lee Mack makes Partygate jibe in front of Boris Johnson at Jubilee concert

Comedian Lee Mack makes Partygate jibe in front of Boris Johnson at Jubilee concert

COMEDIAN Lee Mack took a swipe at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the Partygate scandal at an event to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee.

Mack was appearing at the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday night in front a crowd of 22,000 and a reported TV audience of 13million.

And with Johnson sitting in the royal box close to Prince Charles and Prince William, Mack couldn't resist a joke about the controversy that has dogged the PM in recent months.

"Welcome to the Platinum Party at the Palace," said Mack, whose great-grandmother was from Co. Mayo.

"We are here right outside the gates of Buckingham Palace for the party of a lifetime.

"And I tell you what — finally we can say the words 'party' and 'gate' and it's a positive!

"That wasn't in the autocue, admittedly."

Partygate was the name given to the political scandal that saw gatherings take place in Downing Street and other government buildings in breach of Covid-19 lockdowns.

While Johnson's reaction wasn’t captured on camera, BBC News reported that the joke prompted jeers from the Prime Minister.

Mack's joke was applauded by fans and fellow comedians on Twitter, where the 1% Club host was trending at ninth in Britain and 18th globally.

Mack's joke is the second embarrassment for Johnson during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The PM was roundly booed by a crowd outside St Paul's Cathedral on Friday morning as he arrived for the Queen's thanksgiving service.

Johnson was issued with a fixed penalty notice for attending a birthday party at 10 Downing Street on June 19, 2020, during a national lockdown.

The Prime Minister had initially denied that any rules had been broken.

However, an investigation by civil servant Sue Gray into 16 gatherings in and around Downing Street during lockdown found Johnson had attended eight of these.

Her report stated that 'many of these gatherings and the way in which they developed was not in line with Covid guidance at the time'.

Johnson was one of 83 people issued with fixed penalty notices by the police in relation gatherings in and around Downing Street that breached lockdown regulations.