PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has apologised “unreservedly” for breaking Covid lockdown laws in front of the House of Commons.
The PM "wholeheartedly" apologised this evening (April 19) after he, his wife Carrie and Rishi Sunak were stung with £50 fines from The Met.
He denied misleading MPs by previously promising he stuck to the rules.
MPs are grilling Johnson for the first time since he was hit by a fine for flouting lockdown rules last week.
The trio were all fined for the birthday gathering in the Cabinet room on June 19 2020.
The PM insists he only stayed for 10 minutes when his staff threw him a surprise birthday bash before chairing an urgent Covid-19 meeting.
But today he held his hands up, owning up to "my mistake" and offering his "bitter regret to the nation.
He told the Commons: "I take this opportunity on the first available sitting day to repeat my wholehearted apology to the House.
"As soon as I received the notice, I acknowledged the hurt and the anger and I said that people had a right to expect better from their prime minister."
But while apologising "unreservedly", Mr Johnson insisted he genuinely thought he was following the rules at the time.