MailOnline can confirm that the Downing Street special advisor heard jokes on the famous video about the lockdown-busting party at No 10. He is also a former schoolboy and son to the Vice Lord Lieutenant Of Kent.

Ed Oldfield, 23, was heard sharing a giggle with Boris Johnson’s former press secretary Allegra Stratton in a mock news conference in the shameful leaked footage that prompted Ms Stratton to resign from her £125,000-a-year government job this afternoon.

Mr Oldfield was heard on the tape saying ‘I’ve just seen reports on Twitter that there was a Downing Street Christmas Party on Friday night – do you recognise those reports?’

Ms Stratton initially replies: ‘I went home..’ then laughs, adds, ‘hold on’, to which Mr Oldfield adds: ‘Would the Prime Minister condone having a Christmas Party?’

Ed Oldfield, 23, the Downing Street special adviser heard joking on the now-notorious video about a lockdown-busting party at Number 10 is a former public schoolboy

Ed Oldfield is 23, a Downing Street Special Advisor who was heard making fun of the famous video that showed a party to bust lockdowns at Number 10, and is an ex-public schoolboy.

Ms Stratton laughs and says ‘What’s the answer?’ to which Mr Oldfield, also laughing, replies ‘I don’t know’, and another staffer suggests ‘It wasn’t a party… it was cheese and wine’.

Mr Olfield, a former pupil at £34,000-a-year the King’s School in Rochester, Kent, comes from a family whose recent history has been marred by tragedy, MailOnline has learned.

He is the son of an investor banker, and his older half-brother Henry who died four years ago from drug overdose at age 25.

And Ed’s father Richard, 66, a former Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent, was in a car accident involving the death of a young motorcyclist a few months after Henry’s death.

Henry, a trained pilot, had been battling drink and drugs for ‘many years’, a witness into his death heard in early 2018. After two months in rehab, he fled and boarded a plane for Bogota.

The court heard he called his father the day before he died, sounding ‘clear-headed’, and Mr Oldfield, who lives at the plush 85-acre Dodding Place Gardens estate near Sittingbourne, Kent, offered to fly out to see his son.

The Downing Street Special Advisor is also the son of the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent (right)

The Vice Lord Lieutenant Kent’s son is the Downing Street Special Adviser (right).

The next morning, he was discovered dead at his Bogota hotel. A post-mortem examination revealed that he died of a “cocktail” of drugs, which included psychotic substances as well as cocaine.

After a brief hearing, Mr Oldfield was informed by his son that he would be returning home “soon”.

Allison Summers was the Coroner and pronounced an accidental death.

“Unfortunately, drug users who have relapsed after abstinence may overdose if their tolerance has decreased.

Kent Online was told by Richard Oldfield that Henry was a wonderful boy. He was loved by many people, including his family. We will miss him terribly.’

Richard Oldfield was in another Inquest on October 17, 2017 after Alexander Politowicz (32), died from a motorcycle accident.

The court heard that Mr Oldfield’s visibility was limited by overgrown hedgerows at a country road junction near his home, forcing him to pull into the road in front of the motorcycle.

Both motorists were not found guilty, but toxicology testing showed that the motorcyclist did nothing to affect his driving.

Officers also conducted roadside tests for Mr Oldfield’s Audi Q5 and drug, as well as eyesight, testing. He was found not to have been on a cell phone at the time the collision occurred.

Eileen Sproson was the assistant coroner and concluded that the cause of death was road traffic collision.

According to the inquest, Kent County Council cut down on verges and made sure they were clear of road signs.

Ed Oldfield, a 15-year-old boy from England, wrote an article in The Daily Telegraph in 2014 about his struggle with ADHD.

A pupil at the King’s School (motto: disce aut discede – learn or leave), he said he was regarded as the class clown, never able to fulfil his full potential.

The previous year, after being diagnosed, he was prescribed Ritalin, which he said left him ‘devastated’, adding: ‘It was hard to believe things were so bad that I had to take a mood–altering substance.’

He said his prospects of finishing his education at King’s looked bleak, but added: ‘I don’t wish to sound arrogant, but my school reports often stated that I had the ability to flourish academically.

‘But I know my behaviour in class was shocking: unable to focus myself, I made the lives of my teachers difficult by playing the class joker and distracting everyone else.

‘In certain subjects it was almost guaranteed that I would spend most of the lesson standing outside the classroom. By last September, my Religious Studies teacher was so fed up with me that he threatened to ban me from his classes.’

He cautioned people against Ritalin use without a prescription but described a deep transformation.

‘Initially, the drug had little effect, but after a few weeks, something strange began happening. I was starting to be able to concentrate for the first time in years and those top marks began to appear, especially in the previously dreaded Religious Studies.’

Intriguingly, given his present job, one of the subjects he began to excel in was Information and communications Technology (ICT), and his subject teacher commented: ‘He is more approachable, easier to have a decent and mature conversation with and, above all, there have been large improvements in his work.’

Richard Oldfield’s first wife, Alexandra, died when his son Henry was just three and his Mr Oldfield remarried Amicia de Moubray, Ed’s mother, in 1997.

Leonara, Ed’s sister, and Christopher are his two brothers.

Charles Brown Trollope built the Victorian family home, a Grade II-listed Victorian house for Sir John Croft.

It was sold in 1906 to General and Mrs. Douglas Jeffreys, who left it to their nephew, Labour MP John ‘Jack’ Richard Anthony Oldfield, who moved into the home in 1953 with wife Jonnet Elizabeth Richards.

John Oldfield passed away in 1999 at 100. His cousin Richard Oldfield took over the property.

Doddington Place Gardens are known for their stunning rock gardens and pools, sunken gardens, extensive lawns, and woods.

The house and gardens were the backdrop to the 1992 film Waterland, which starred Jeremy Irons and real-life wife Sinead Cusack – along with Ethan Hawke and Pete Postlethwaite.