A grieving woman who lost his wife as Boris Johnson reportedly attended a number of parties has accused the Prime Minister of ‘lying and misleading’ the nation.
Jayne Taylor-Broadbent’s wife Julie died in a Covid-19 ward during the first lockdown in 2020.
During their last minutes together, Jayne was dressed head to toe in full PPE and Julie was so sick she couldn’t even speak.
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“I just couldn’t tell her enough how much I loved her, but I told her over and over again,” Jayne said.
“She was shaking my hand every time I talked about it.
“I asked her if she was ready for the mask removal and she shook my hand one last time.
“Two minutes later she died in my arms.”
In the days following Jayne’s death on May 8, 2020, Julie was forced to grieve alone as she followed strict rules to self-isolate for two weeks after visiting the Covid ward where her wife died .
As she planned Julie’s funeral on her own, the Prime Minister drank cheese and wine in the Downing Street garden.
A flurry of revelations has prompted a report into the conduct of Downing Street staff during the first coronavirus lockdown, which is due to be released shortly.
“It’s amazing how our loved ones died,” said Jayne, an activist with the Covid-19 group Bereaved Families for Justice.
“We just want some justice. They said they were busy putting everything they could into the pandemic, but the week before Julie’s funeral they were having garden parties with cheese and wine .”
Only 10 people were allowed to attend Julie’s funeral a few weeks later.
“That’s all we were allowed,” Jayne said.
“The crematorium told us that as soon as the service was over, we had to leave.
“It was the first time we had all seen each other since Julie’s death.
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“My mother-in-law was devastated. She was absolutely devastated.
“So I thought, ‘Damn. I hugged my mother-in-law, I felt so guilty, but now I know Boris Johnson was breaking the rules at the same time.
“And he doesn’t even have the decency to admit it. He is the leader who is supposed to have done his best for this country and guided us through the pandemic.
“But all he did was lie and deceive.
“Since Julie died, I haven’t had the dignity to mourn her death properly because of this man. He has shown complete disregard for the people of this country.”
A year and a half after Julie’s death, Jayne is still struggling to come to terms with losing “the kindest, most loving and caring people you could ever wish to meet”.
They became the first same-sex couple to have their marriage blessed at a Hull church in 2014, just two years after they met.
“It was love at first sight,” she said.
“I met her off the train and she was gorgeous.
It was the luckiest day of my life when I met her.
“We only spent eight years together, but they were the best eight years I could have had. It was a great adventure, but it was too short.”
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