G7 beach BBQ 'didn't break the law', Michael Gove tells LBC

15 June 2021, 10:27 | Updated: 15 June 2021, 10:29

Should the G7 beach BBQ have gone ahead?

Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

A barbeque on the beach at the recent G7 Summit "didn't break the law", Michael Gove has told LBC.

The Cabinet Secretary denied breaching Covid rules to hold the event, which saw world leaders and their partners hit the beach in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

"The G7 is a unique event," he said, "and advice was given and taken on how to make sure that it was Covid-secure and that it was as safe as possible."

READ MORE: 'It's not on': Starmer condemns G7 BBQ after leaders gather in group of 'around 40'

READ MORE: Minister grilled over G7 world leaders BBQ

He continued: "When you've got people coming together in order to accelerate the vaccination programme, to take decisions on how to prevent future pandemics, to make sure that we're doing the right thing in the future and so on."

Mr Gove, who did not attend the event, said the event was justified because G7 leaders had "that opportunity to speak to each other candidly" about major issues, including climate change and international affairs.

Nick Ferrari questions Keir Starmer over G7 beach BBQ

The event came just days before the Prime Minister announced a delay in the next stage of England's roadmap out of lockdown.

On Monday, Health Minister Edward Argar told LBC he thought it was "very important everyone sticks to the rules" when he was grilled on the barbecue.

No10 said there were fewer than 30 guests, despite suggestions there were around 40 at the event. Downing Street confirmed all participants in the summit had a daily testing regime.

READ MORE: Boris Johnson admits G7 leaders must learn from 'wretched pandemic'

READ MORE: PM defends G7 pledge to give 1bn vaccines to the world’s poorest countries

A spokesperson said: "The event last night was done in an entirely Covid-secure way within the existing rules.

"This was an informal gathering of the G7 leaders and rightly it is held in private ... but you can see it was a relaxed atmosphere and gave the leaders a chance to discuss outside of a formal setting."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Phillips headshot

Mystery of 'Bushman' dad-of-three who went missing with children - before robbing bank at gunpoint

The PM accused Sir Keir of trying to "entrench his power" by lowering the voting age

Rishi Sunak accuses Keir Starmer of only wanting to lower voting age to 'entrench his power'

Pressure signals could be used to locate the missing plane

Major breakthrough in MH370 mystery as nuclear sensor picks up crucial sound

Sir Ian McKellen was taken to hospital after he fell from the stage during a West End performance

Sir Ian McKellen 'in good spirits' and expected to make 'speedy and full recovery' after falling off stage

Sir Ian McKellen has been taken to hospital after he fell from the stage during a West End performance

Sir Ian McKellen rushed to hospital after falling off stage during West End performance

Dario G star Paul Spencer

Dario G star Paul Spencer dies aged 53 following cancer diagnosis

Reform chairman Richard Tice was speaking on Tonight with Andrew Marr.

'Take them back to France': Reform will have 'standoff' with French over illegal migrants if needed, says Richard Tice

The teen was helping cut the tree down as a summer job.

Pictured: Boy, 16, crushed by 30ft tree just a day after finishing final GCSE exam - as three arrested

Police hunt 21-year-old man following death of boy, 12 in shocking hit-and-run

Manhunt for Coventry hit-and-run suspect continues following death of boy, 12, as police urge public to 'do the right thing'

Parts of the UK face severe rainfall next week, dramatic weather maps suggest

Thunderstorms set to drench Britain with 10 days worth of rain failing in just three hours

Fury erupted after the cow was rammed by a police car

Let us not be hypocrites when we look at the shocking case of the runaway cow

'I didn't expect to die today': Heartbreaking film hopes to keep teenagers out of open water danger

'I didn't expect to die today': Heartbreaking film hopes to keep teenagers out of open water danger

Prince William seen at a procession for the annual Garter Day service

William beams during Order of the Garter procession as royals join King and Queen at Windsor Castle

The parkour runner damaged the UNESCO World Heritage Site building in Italy in a parkour stunt

Shocking footage captures parkour runner damaging UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy

Defendant Josef Fritzl, center, is escorted to the fourth day of his trial in the provincial courthouse in St. Poelten, Austria, Thursday, March 19, 2009.

Incest monster Josef Fritzl placed under legal guardianship amid worsening dementia

Rod Stewart (pictured on stage in Copenhagen on Sunday June 9) was booed by German fans for supporting Ukraine

Rod Stewart defends show of support for Ukraine after booing at Germany concert