Staff at 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, are under fire. This is through video images that show jokes about the Christmas party that could have been organized during the lockdown last year. Although it was denied that the party had even happened in the first place.
Source: Daily Mail, the guard
The video, which got into the hands of ITV, was filmed on December 22, 2020. The previous Friday, December 18, was said to have been a Downing Street Christmas party, according to several sources. But this would have contradicted the Corona measures that were in place at the time.
The video shows how Ed Oldfield, Johnson’s adviser, as he prepares for the scheduled daily press briefings, asks then-Prime Minister Allegra Stratton about rumors about a Christmas party. Oldfield asks: “I just saw messages on Twitter that there was a Christmas party in Downing Street on Friday night, confirm these reports?” “I came home,” replies Stratton, before I laugh and pause, pondering the answer. “Will the prime minister agree to a Christmas party?” Oldfield added. Laughing Stratton again, asks the roommates, “What’s the answer?” Oldfield replied, “I don’t know.”
Someone else would say, “It wasn’t a party, it was cheese and wine.” Stratton replies, “Are cheese and wine okay?” “It was a business meeting,” she adds, to cheerfulness spreading in the hall.
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Johnson’s spokesman and several ministers confirmed that each event complied with Covid rules. But the spokeswoman changed her mind on Monday and said no party had been held. On Tuesday, Johnson’s spokesman reiterated that was Downing Street’s position, saying: “I don’t think there is anything to add to what I said before. Our position has not changed.”
But the video that has now appeared will undoubtedly lead to questions about that once again.