UK gov’t slammed for alleged lockdown-breaching Christmas party

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Video leaked to British media shows the prime minister’s team joking about organizing the ceremony last year.

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A leaked video that shows staff members in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office making fun of him for holding a lockdown-violating Christmas party is adding fuel to allegations that government officials flouting coronavirus rules that they did the rest of the world. were imposed on everyone.


For days, the Prime Minister’s Office has been trying to refute reports that Johnson’s staff held a December 2020 office party – with exchanges of wine, food, games and celebratory gifts – when the rules of the pandemic banned most social gatherings.

According to several British media outlets, the party took place on 18 December, when restrictions in London banned indoor gatherings, and a day before Johnson tightened rules even more, allowing family Christmases for millions of people. was rejected.

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Leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer, said the prime minister should “come clean and apologise.”

“People across the country followed the rules, even when it meant being separated from their families, being locked down and – sadly for many – unable to say goodbye to their loved ones,” Starmer said. “He had a right to expect the government to do the same. It is shameful to lie and laugh at those lies.”

In response to the footage aired by broadcaster ITV late Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s Office said: “There was no Christmas party. COVID rules have been followed at all times.”

Video recorded on December 22, 2020 shows then-press secretary Allegra Stratton joking about an illegal party in the Prime Minister’s Downing Street office.

The recording appears to be a fake press conference, held on television as a rehearsal for the daily government media briefing.

Another colleague, playing a journalist, says: “I just saw reports on Twitter that Friday night was a Downing Street Christmas party, do you recognize those reports?”

As the laughter is heard, Stratton, the press secretary, says: “I went home” and asks colleagues: “What’s the answer?” Another voice can be heard saying: “It wasn’t a party, it was cheese and wine”.

“Is cheese and wine okay? It was a business meeting,” laughs Stratton.

Since the beginning of 2020, thousands of people in the UK have been fined for breaking a ban on illegal gatherings.

London’s Metropolitan Police Force said officers were reviewing the leaked video in relation to “alleged violations” of coronavirus rules.

The Christmas party allegations are the latest in allegations of rule-breaking and morality violations by Johnson’s Conservative government.


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