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Boris Johnson ‘breaks lockdown’ with Christmas party on Downing Street

The Prime Minister is said to have delivered a speech in his resignation during the second lockdown (Image: Getty Images)

Boris Johnson was accused of breaking its own strict Covid rules with a series of Downing Street parties last winter.

Dozens of staff members in the building are said to have been ‘irritated’ at two festive gatherings, according to Daily Mirror.

The Prime Minister is said to have delivered a speech at a crowded time to serve as a key aide last November – despite the country being in the midst of a second shutdown.

Then with London under the ‘Level 3’ rule a few days before Christmas, key members of his team held their own informal carnival party in the building – in an event billed as ‘the storm’ Covid’s nightmare.

A legal expert told the Mirror the attack could be punishable with a £10,000 fine.

The revelations are likely to spark public anger, with the government already facing a flurry of accusations of hypocrisy and slush during the pandemic.

A source told the Mirror: ‘While senior civil servants are urging caution and have a message to the public, the Prime Minister has given the impression it could be very relaxed in No 10.

Mr Johnson and his top team have repeatedly faced accusations of hypocrisy during the Covid crisis (Image: PA)

‘He would turn a blind eye or sometimes attend on his own while others were in lockdown’.

The official Number 10 staff Christmas party is said to have been cancelled, but the act of leaving is believed to have taken place on 27 November and the unofficial Christmas party, which the Prime Minister did not attend , on December 18 – after London moved to the third tier of local restrictions.

That means all indoor mixing outside of the household bubble is prohibited, although there are exceptions to mixing that is ‘reasonably necessary for the job’.

Both parties were attended by ’40 to 50′ people, the Mirror reported.

And a source told the paper there had been ‘many social gatherings’ in Downing Street last year while the public faced restrictions, adding that ‘there were always parties’ at the apartment Mr Johnson’s Downing Street.


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Rumors of a third, smaller gathering the night top aide Dominic Cummings went out, on November 13, are believed to have involved ‘all fully subpoenaed’ staff.

Metro.co.uk has approached Downing Street about the latest allegations, following Mr Johnson says Christmas parties should not be cancelled despite concerns about the new Omicron variant.

But a spokesman did not deny the claims to the Mirror, and stated: ‘Covid rules are always followed.’

Downing Street employees, classified as key workers, often work grueling hours in the Covid security office.

A source said: ‘It is very difficult to arbitrate as there is a huge amount of work going on – from time to time until the early hours of the morning.

“They usually stick to the rules, it’s just these occasional events that spur it on.”

But another source suggested there was no reason for the size of the gatherings, and said the release of steam should not be an excuse for the health professions to flout the rules.

The conduct of key members of Mr Johnson’s government has been repeatedly questioned during the Covid crisis, with the Conservatives allegedly having ‘one rule for us, another for them. ‘.

Top adviser Mr Cummings sparked nationwide outrage with a trip to Barnard Castle during the lockdown, while Health Secretary Matt Hancock had to resign after being photographed kissing a married aide his kiss.

Community Secretary Robert Jenrick traveled 40 miles to visit his parents during the lockdown and a close friend of the Prime Minister and his wife, Carrie, Nimco Ali, stayed overnight in Downing Street during the lockdown. Christmas door lock 2020.

Mr Johnson has also been repeatedly criticized for not wearing a mask.

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