Nobody was more shocked at Boris Johnson’s alleged Downing Street parties playing Abba’s music than Abba themselves.
It was recently claimed that Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie Johnson hosted a Winner Takes It All party at their Downing Street flat after Dominic Cummings resigned on November 13, 2020.
Sources claimed Abba’s iconic hits were heard blasting from the gathering by aides.
Benny Andersson has now addressed the reports and told PA: ‘You can’t call it an Abba party. It is a Johnson party where they happened to play some Abba music. It is not an Abba party.’
He added: ‘You see how he wriggles himself out of this,’ referring to the Prime Minister.
Bjorn Ulvaeus, also a member of the Swedish pop group, reacted with surprise, saying: ‘I mean, wow. Did they only play Abba music? Are you kidding? Of course they played other music as well.’
An insider told the Mail On Sunday: ‘There was the sound of lots of banging and dancing and drinking, and a number of Abba tracks – including a triumphalist Winner Takes It All.’
A spokesperson for Mrs Johnson, quoted by the publication, insisted any claims about a party on that date are ‘totally untrue’.
The Metropolitan Police could now investigate the Abba party as part of their investigation, and call on Mrs Johnson to provide written evidence.
The inquiry will reportedly focus on eight out of 17 parties looked at by Ms Gray and the force has requested that her report has only ‘minimal reference’ to the events, to ‘avoid any prejudice’ to its investigation.
Abba – which also features singers Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – announced their return in November with a new album and virtual stage show featuring Abbatars – both titled Voyage.
They have now cemented their comeback with a nomination at the Brit Awards for best international group, with the ceremony taking place on Tuesday evening at London’s O2 Arena.
Their recent album, touted as their final full-length project together, reached number one in more than a dozen countries including the UK and prompted positive reviews.
However, the warm response to their comeback left Andersson stunned due to the critical response Abba received from music press during their heyday.
‘I think for the first time in over 40 years we have had great reviews,’ he said.