EXCLUSIVE: Video obtained by ITV News shows Downing Street staff joking about a Christmas party on 18th December last year.
No 10 has spent the past week denying any rules were broken. This new evidence calls that into question. pic.twitter.com/nKYK0tG0dQ
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) December 7, 2021
Downing Street party: No 10 staff joked about party amid lockdown restrictions
A video obtained by ITV shows senior No 10 staff joking about holding a Christmas party – days after one was held there during lockdown.
The PM’s then press secretary Allegra Stratton is asked by colleagues about reports of a party, as they rehearse a news conference in December last year.
In jokey exchanges, she says: “This fictional party was a business meeting and it was not socially distanced.”
Downing Street continues to insist no party took place.
Unknown if the following video is related but someone posted it on the twitter feed…
Certainly are.. pic.twitter.com/aIq1eYpq4P
— sue ❤💙💙💔 (@sue288) December 7, 2021
This poster identifies the speaker in the last video as Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, the Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council since 2019…
“I see we are all here obeying regulations, aren’t we?”
“This party is not going to be investigated by the police in a year’s time”
“You are all very carefully socially distanced” … “At least 2 inches”
— Maajid أبو عمّار (@MaajidNawaz) December 7, 2021
Under 24 hours ago we posted this video on the government’s statements on the No.10 Christmas party last year. It’s now been watched 2 million times & been in the @BBCNews ‘most watched’ list all day. Thanks very much if you watched and shared it. pic.twitter.com/vWBxhO6FQz
— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) December 7, 2021