THE MET police say tonight they will NOT probe the Downing Street Christmas lockdown party.
The force said it would not investigate the party’s allegations due to “the absence of evidence” and its policy not to probe “retrospective violations of Covid regulations.”
This comes as Boris’ top aide, Allegra Stratton, resigned in tears this afternoon just hours after blockbuster footage showed her laughing about a Christmas party locked at No10.
PM previously said he was “sick” by leaked video of his senior advisers joking about last year’s alleged illegal gathering.
He said Downing St staff could face “disciplinary action” but said he was assured no Covid rules had been breached.
But before any action, the former journalist Stratton, 41, announced his departure from government and offered to resign as Prime Minister.
She said: “My comment seems to shed light on the rules, the rules that everyone is doing everything they can to follow. That was never my intention.
“I understand the anger and frustration people feel. To all of you who have lost loved ones, endured unbearable loneliness and struggled with your businesses – I sorry and this afternoon I submitted my resignation to the Prime Minister.”
The video shows Ms Stratton – then the Prime Minister’s press secretary – answering questions from colleagues during a mock press conference on December 22.
It was a test run for televised White House-style briefings before the concept was finalized.
During the session, another aide asked her to answer for the party, and Ms. Stratton laughed that she was home.
After Downing St officials suggested she move it because it was just ‘cheese and wine’, Ms Stratton used the saying that it was a business meeting – and it wasn’t alienating physically. society. “
No10 still denies that a party took place despite the video appearing to confirm a gathering took place at the height of Covid Level 3 rules in London.
The Prime Minister told MPs today that he “shares the anger” of millions of people watching that video, and insisted “I was also very angry when I saw that clip.”
CALLED IT’S NIGHT
The Prime Minister, standing alongside Rishi Sunak and Brandon Lewis, said: “I understand and share the country’s anger up and down at the sight of Number 10 staff seemingly bringing to light the lockdown measures and I can understand how angry it must be to think like that the people who made the rules didn’t follow the rules because I was also angry when I saw that clip.
“I am deeply sorry for the offense it has caused to the country and I am sorry for the impression it has given.
“But I repeat that I have been assured many times since these allegations surfaced that there are no partisanships and no rules of Covid have been broken and that is what I have repeatedly been assured. .”
But he insists again he has been told there is “no party” and that he thinks all the rules WERE follow.
Anyone found to have broken any of the rules, he said, would face revocation action.
“There will be consequences for those involved if those rules are broken,” he stressed.
The Prime Minister went on to say: “There is a danger of causing a serious injustice to those who have frankly followed the rules.
“That’s why the Cabinet Secretary will launch an investigation, and that’s why the necessary disciplinary action will be taken if necessary.”
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