Boris Johnson’s former press secretary, Allegra Stratton, stepped down from her government role yesterday (December 8) after being filmed brightening up a Christmas party that was supposed to be held at No 10 last year.
Around 50 aides are said to have enjoyed wine, food and a secret Santa at a time when London was heavily controlled at Level 3, banning most indoor gatherings.
At the time, Garraway was conducting interviews to raise awareness of the devastating impact the coronavirus could have, including on her husband, and also reflect on “missed moments.” created by the pandemic.
Addressing television cameras outside her London home, the tearful Ms Stratton offered a “deep apology” for her remarks, but did not comment on whether the party had taken place.
Garraway labeled the allegations surrounding the party as “heartbreaking and ridiculous” on Thursday’s episode (December 9). Good morning England.
Talk to your co-host Susanna Reid, the 54-year-old broadcaster said: “I basically just don’t want to throw stones because the obvious thing is it’s heartbreaking and ridiculous and I can’t believe it because I don’t think they’re a bad group of people. ”
In response, Reid said no one had described “bad intentions” here but reminded viewers that there were only two legal ways to hold an indoor gathering of more than 30 people last December.
However, none of those rules seem to apply in the event the party was supposed to be held at Number 10 on December 18, when Level 3 restrictions went into effect in London.
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Reid explains that the right to organized gatherings requires guests not to socialize with anyone outside of their household.
The only other legal avenue is if the gathering in question is deemed “reasonably necessary for business”, she continued, adding that it appeared “questionable” the Christmas party was consider that in number 10 has met this criterion.
Co-hosts struggle to understand how ‘people in Downing Street aren’t doing the same thing’ as families across the UK who are making difficult personal sacrifices to follow rules set by the government Obligatory.
Johnson has agreed to an internal investigation into an allegation of organizing a Covid-proof Christmas party in Downing Street to public outrage.
In a press conference on Wednesday (December 8), tightening of the rules was announced, including the return to work-from-home guidance, Covid health certificates becoming mandatory in many countries. large venues and expanded mask regulations to combat rapidly mutating omicron disease in the UK.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/kate-garraway-downing-street-party-b1972721.html Downing Street party: Kate Garraway calls the allegations ‘heartbreaking and ridiculous’