'Partygate' design will help homeless
A single T-shirt poking fun at the recent "Partygate" scandal in Parliament has raised £820 for charity.
The T-shirt is to be created by Uxbridge shirt printing shop Balcony Shirts, with money from the sales going to help homeless people.
The shirt has been named "Sue Gray and the Party Detectives', after the Civil Servant leading the investigation into allegations that parties were held at 10 Downing Street during the Covid-19 lockdown. Partygate has piled pressure on PM Borris Johnson, who is Balcony Shirt's constituency MP in Uxbridge.
Co-founder Scott Raison originally mocked up the design for the T-shirt as "a bit of a joke", which has been designed to mimic a band tour-date poster. But the T-shirt's design struck a chord on social media, and Scott says he has received numerous calls
The front of the 'Partygate' T-Shirt
"begging" the shop to sell them. However, Scott said he refused, as he felt there was so much misery around the situation and he didn't want to profit from it.
He added: "I refused and said I am not going to make it. But when all the new party allegations came out, I thought it would be funny to do extra dates and jazz up the T-shirt a bit and release an update."
The T-shirt was put up as a bid on Ebay, with the originally asking price of around £50. The bid closed at the weekend having made £820. Balcony Shirts will give 100 per cent of the sales to Shelter, the homeless charity.
Scott said: "I just think Uxbridge deserves better than the constant scandal after scandal. So, we try to see the amusing side of it but also note that this is a serious issue."
Shelter was not available to comment
on the donation when contacted by The The back of the 'Partygate' T-Shirt