A new leaked video shows Downing Street employees laughing about Christmas parties and calling it a “business meeting” to keep from being exposed in a video. This raises more questions about the legality of these festive events.










Downing Street officials joked about branding the Christmas party’s “business meeting” as an excuse for breaking Covid laws.

The fake press conference they attended was just days after their alleged December 18th event. It raised legal questions, and denied wrongdoing by No10.

ITV news found the video clip. The footage shows Allegra Straton, the then-PM’s press secretary and Ed Oldfield the head of No10’s digital. They are preparing for a Q&A session in the No9 briefing area.

Oldfield poses a question in it about ‘a Downing Street christmas party on Friday night.’ Ms Stratton replies with laughter, ‘I went home. 

He asked if the Prime Minster would approve of such a party. A third voice said that it wasn’t a Party, but cheese and wine. Ms. Stratton then added, ‘It was a Business Meeting… This fictional party was a Business Meeting and was not socially distant.

After Boris Johnson refused to answer any questions regarding the gathering, the footage was made public. Questions were also raised about whether the event violated the social distancing rules at that time.

He would not answer questions about the incident when he visited a London prison.  Others ministers refused to say whether a party took place.

Labour;s Sir Keir Starmer said: ‘People across the country followed the rules even when that meant being separated from their families, locked down and – tragically for many – unable to say goodbye to their loved ones.

“They could expect the government to do the same.”

The clip, discovered by ITV news shows Allegra Stratton, then the PM's press secretary, and Ed Oldfield, No10's head of digital, rehearsing a question and answer session in the No9 briefing room.

ITV news discovered that the video shows Allegra Stratton, the then PM’s press Secretary, and Ed Oldfield the head of No10’s digital, practicing a question and answers session in the No9 briefing area.

In it Oldfield asks a question about 'a Downing Street Christmas party on Friday night', to which Ms Stratton laughed and replied: 'I went home.'

Oldfield poses a question in it about a Downing Street Christmas party that took place on Friday night. Ms Stratton replies with a laugh, “I went home.”

The footage was released after Boris Johnson had earlier refused to answer questions about the gathering, with questions raised over whether it breached social distancing rules in place at the time.

After Boris Johnson refused to answer any questions regarding the gathering, the footage was made public. Questions were also raised about whether the event violated the social distancing rules at that time.

It is shameful to lie, and then laugh about it. It is time for the Prime Minister to be honest and offer an apology. 

“It can’t be one rule that applies to the Conservatives but another for everybody else.”

In response to the footage, a Downing Street spokesman said: ‘There was no Christmas party. Covid rules were observed at all times.

The Covid ban at that time prohibited parties. Although Johnson did not confirm or deny reports that Downing Street members staged parties on London’s Tier 3 restriction day of December 18, 2013, Johnson insists that there were no violations.

Dominic Raab (Deputy Prime Minister) reopened yesterday’s party row. He said that it would have been an obvious breach of Covid rules had Mr Johnson’s staff hosted a party on Number 10 during the build-up up to Christmas. 

Today’s PM insists that no rules have been broken after The Times reported staff wearing festive jumpers were asked to bring “secret Santa” gifts.

According to reports, they brought food and alcohol to the event attended by many colleagues.

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