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Christmas party scandal: Boris Johnson is furious over video of employees making fun of COVID rules

LONDON, Dec 8 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized on Wednesday after a video of his employees laughing and joking about a Downing Street party last Christmas when such celebrations were banned appeared.

For more than a week, Johnson and his team have repeated that COVID rules have not been violated at the end of 2020. The Mirror newspaper reported that several Christmas parties were held, including a gathering of 40 to 50 people fueled with wine.

Johnson said Wednesday that he was furious over the video that was shown by ITV late Tuesday, but that he was repeatedly reassured that there was no party.

Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer accused Johnson of “mistaking the public for fools” and Ian Blackford of the Scottish National Party called on Johnson to step down.

This is the administration’s latest mistake to be criticized for its handling of a messy scandal, COVID contract awards, renovations to Johnson’s Downing Street apartment, and chaotic evacuations from Afghanistan.

With reports that the government may take tougher measures against COVID-19 as early as Thursday to try to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, it could also convince many people to ignore any new regulations.

“I apologize unreservedly for the insult it caused across the country, and I apologize for the impression it makes,” Johnson told Parliament.

According to him, in case of violation of the rules, disciplinary measures will be taken.

“But I repeat … that since the allegations came up, I have been reassured on numerous occasions that there was no party and that the COVID rules were not violated.”

He also promised to “continue the work,” accusing the opposition of trying to “muddy the waters about events or non-events a year ago.”

After days of denial, a video broadcast by ITV showed Allegra Stratton, then Johnson’s press secretary, rehearsing in Downing Street in 2020 for a daily briefing. She laughed and joked about the meeting reported.

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FILE – UK COP26 Representative Allegra Stratton, 2 November 2021 (Adrian Dennis / Pool photo via AP, file)

In the video, Johnson’s advisor asks Stratton, “I just saw Twitter posts about the Downing Street Christmas party on Friday night. Do you recognize these messages? “

Stratton, standing in front of the British flags at the official pulpit in Downing Street, says, “I went home.” Then she laughs and smiles. “Wait. Wait. Um. Uh. Uh-huh. She seems lost for words and looks up.

During the Downing Street meeting, tens of millions of people across the UK were banned from meeting close family and friends for the traditional Christmas celebration – or even saying goodbye to dying relatives.

About 146,000 people have died from COVID in the United Kingdom, and Johnson is weighing whether to tighten restrictions following the discovery of a new variant of the Omicron coronavirus.

Opposition leader Starmer said what happened in Downing Street was obvious.

“Ant and Dec are ahead of the prime minister,” Starmer said, referring to the popular British comedy duo who joked about the protest to the loud laughter of opposition MPs in parliament.

“The Prime Minister has been caught red-handed,” Starmer said to Johnson in the House of Commons hall.

Conservative MP Roger Gale said that if the House of Commons were deliberately misled about the party, it would be a matter of resignation.

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