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Bringing down Street party: No 10 staff kidded about party in the midst of lockdown limitations

A video acquired by ITV shows senior No 10 staff kidding about holding a Christmas celebration – days after one was held there during lockdown.

The PM’s then-press secretary Allegra Stratton is gotten some information about reports of a party, as they practice a news gathering in December last year.

In jokey trades, she says This anecdotal party was a conference and it was not socially separated.

Bringing down Street keeps on demanding no party occurred.

In any case, a source recently affirmed to the BBC that a party occurred there on 18 December, with a few dozen individuals in participation.

It is normal Boris Johnson will confront intense inquiries concerning the party – and the video – from Labor pioneer Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions later.


The BBC’s political supervisor, Laura Kuenssberg, additionally said there was moreover “backbench wrath” among Conservative MPs.

Senior Tory Sir Roger Gale said the buck stops at the top, and called for Mr Johnson to offer authoritative responses over what happened when he shows up in the Commons at 12:00 GMT.

What’s more previous seat of the party, Baroness Warsi, said each worker at the party ought to leave, no uncertainties, no buts.

The false news meeting occurred in Downing Street on Tuesday 22 December 2020, without individuals from the media present.

At that point, the public authority’s Covid direction explicitly expressed that individuals ought not have Christmas celebrations – and social events in London of at least two individuals inside were restricted except if they were sensibly vital for work.