The prime minister and his senior Downing Street staff have been accused of violating coronavirus restrictions by hosting parties at Number 10 last Christmas.
It is alleged that Boris Johnson attended a packed leaving do for a top aide in November 2020 and even made a speech while the rest of the UK was in lockdown.
Senior No 10 staff reportedly held their own office party as London was plagued by Tier 3 restrictions, despite strict rules barring others from hosting festive gatherings before last Christmas.
Mirror The newspaper, citing sources close to the events, claims that 40 to 50 officers drank, took part in a Christmas quiz and even held a Secret Santa, while the rest of the country was locked down at home. .
A source said the fun-lovers were locked in a “cheek by jowl” mid-sized room for both events.
“It was a Covid nightmare,” claimed one source, while another said there were “many social gatherings” at No. 10 at the height of the second lockdown.
In a press conference earlier today, Boris Johnson urged the public to push for Christmas party plans, despite top health chief Dr Jenny Harris saying people should cut back on socializing to stop the spread of Covid.
Another source told the Mirror that the flat where Mr Johnson lives with wife Carrie Johnson had “always had parties”, adding: “Carrie is used to them”.
A third party reportedly took place on 13 November, the night Dominic Cummings left Number 10, “where they were all being plastered all over”.
A source claimed: “While senior civil servants were urging caution and there was a message to the public, the prime minister gave the impression that it could be greatly relaxed in No.
“He either turned a blind eye or indulged himself on a few occasions while everyone else was in lockdown”.
It was reported that the official number 10 staff party had been cancelled, but it still took place on 27 November, while the unofficial Christmas party was held on 18 December.
Mr Johnson did not attend the latter event, it was claimed.
While Downing Street did not deny the claims, a spokesman told Granthshala: “Covid rules have been followed all the time.”
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