Leaked audio recording shows Downing Street staff joking about Christmas party at 10
Leaked footage shows senior people Downing Street Staff jokes about throwing a Christmas party last December have angered MPs, NHS bosses and those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.
The Health Secretary said David, was due to speak to the BBC on Wednesday morning but pulled out of a key broadcast interview and the latest developments put pressure on the prime minister, who will face barbecuing from Keir Starmer and other politicians. opponents in PMQ later today.
NS Daily Mirror also reported that former education minister Gavin Williamson hosted a private party and gave a brief speech at the event last December while London was on Tier 2, which prohibits social inclusion among households. family.
Johnson faces the grill at PMQs
Boris Johnson is expected to face questions about whether he told the truth about the alleged No 10 locked-in Christmas party after leaked footage emerged.
He will be the focus of attention at the Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, with his opposite figure likely to bake Mr Johnson for a second week as the investigation into what happened in Downing Street on the 18th December last year.
PMQ starts at midday with full updates to follow in this blog.
Tom Batc startedDecember 8, 2021, 08:24
PM confronts Tory angry about carnival party
Boris Johnson is facing anger not only from his political opponents but also from his own MPs.
Veteran Conservative Sir Roger Gale said the situation bore “all the hallmarks of another ‘Barnard Castle’ moment” – a reference to how the former aide to the Prime Minister drove 260 miles in the condition. strict lockdown last year.
“Number 10 clearly has some serious questions to answer. Quick,” North Thanet MP tweeted.
NS Telegraph’s Harry Yorke quoted a former Tory minister as saying: “It’s been a disaster and some extremely modest cakes need to be eaten. I’m really angry because we tried to make the most of that on a guaranteed basis. “This kind of thing can’t happen.”
Tory MP Charles Walker told BBC reporter Laura Kuenssberg that “Party 10 means any future shutdown will be advisory, whatever the law prescribes”.
Conservative pundit Tim Montgomerie wrote: “I was completely captivated by this Christmas Party story. What is the ppl in No10’s mind (or do they not think at all)? This administration desperately needs some adults in Downing St. No one seems to be responsible. catabolism. ”
Tom Batc startedDecember 8, 2021, 08:16
Gavin Williamson Hosts Separate Christmas Party Against Covid Rules
The Department for Education (DfE) admitted holding a social gathering of employees before Christmas last year, contrary to the coronavirus social imbalance rules.
NS Mirror reported that former education minister Gavin Williamson threw a party and gave a brief speech at the event on 10 December while London was on Tier 2, which bans social interaction between schools. family.
A DfE spokesman said: “While this is work-related, in retrospect we accept that it was better not to assemble in this way at that particular time.”
Tom Batc startedDecember 8, 2021, 08:09
NHS boss says No 10 Party’s statements are a ‘severe blow to staff morale’
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of NHS Confederation, which represents NHS trusts, has said that the suggestion of a Downing Street Christmas party last year delivered a “severe blow to morals” for people working in the medical industry.
“In any difficult situation, we all need to feel that we are trying together, that we are part of the effort, and if everyone feels as if everyone is not playing by the rules. , if it feels as though powerful people don’t. If you play by the rules, then there’s a mental hit, which makes it harder for people to follow the advice,” Mr Taylor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“So no, it’s really not what we need at the moment.”
“The public needs the message to be as clear as possible,” he added [on the Covid pandemic]and spending a lot of time dealing with what happened last year doesn’t help get that message across. “
Tom Batc startedDecember 8, 2021 07:58
Ministers withdraw from broadcast interviews amid party frenzy
Sajid Javid, the medical secretary, withdrew from a key broadcast interview this morning following the appearance of leaked footage.
BBC Radio 4’s Today The show said Mr Javid was scheduled to show on Wednesday morning, but was canceled after footage emerged.
Presenter Nick Robinson said: “We were expecting to speak with Health Secretary Sajid Javid this morning but we were told just minutes after that video emerged that there would be no minister. can speak on the program today.”
Vaccines Secretary Maggie Throup is also said to have pulled out of a planned round of regional TV interviews.
Tom Batc startedDecember 8, 2021 07:48
Video shows Downing Street staff joking about Christmas party
First, a synopsis of the story occurred late yesterday that senior Downing Street staffers recorded that they were joking about throwing a banned Christmas party at number 10.
In a video from last December obtained by ITV News, then-Boris Johnson spokesman Allegra Stratton joked that the party was “not socially distancing” and suggested turning it into “a meeting business”.
The footage was recorded as a rehearsal for planned televised press conferences, with mocking questions posted by the prime minister’s special adviser Ed Oldfield and other staff.
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Tom Batc startedDecember 8, 2021 07:43
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Tom Batc startedDecember 8, 2021 07:42
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