Rishi Sunak pulled into the back row after Treasury confirmed the assembly

Rishi Sunak was not in attendance but it is unknown how much he knows about the gathering after the event (Image: Getty)

Rishi Sunak was embroiled in a Christmas party scandal after allegations were made about his department.

Staff at the Treasury Department had an office meeting on November 25 last year when the rest of the country was in lockdown.

Based on Time, a ‘small number’ of employees were ‘impromptu drinking around their desks’ at the time of the Fall Spending Review.

While Mr Sunak did not attend the event himself and was unaware of it at the time, questions will be raised with the prime minister as to what percentage of the outcomes and actions he was aware of. perform.

A source told the newspaper: ‘They had to be in the office that day anyway. It wasn’t a formal party but perhaps in hindsight it wasn’t the most sensible thing to do. ‘

The event represented a pattern of behavior around Whitehall at the time, another claimed.

A Treasury spokesman said: ‘According to guidance at the time, a number of staff members visited the office to work on the 2020 Spending Review.

“We’ve been told that a small number of staff members drank impromptu around their desks after the event.”

Some staff working on Mr Sunak’s budget had the drink in the office after it was delivered in the Commons in 2020 (Image: PA)

Growth comes to Boris Johnson and former education secretary Gavin Williamson were facing an investigation into the events that occurred on their watch.

Cabinet secretary Simon Case is investigating a drink gathering that took place inside the education department’s Whitehall headquarters and two others in Downing Street.

As well as the infamous Christmas gathering that Number 10 staff members were recorded joking, an alleged November break – which Mr Johnson is said to have attended himself – will also be investigated. .

Former aide Dominic Cummings, who has previously claimed the Prime Minister held parties in his flat, said there were numerous photographs of gatherings that ‘definitely will be scrapped’.

Head of government Mark Spencer insists Downing Street staff ‘do not drink’ and party during Covid restrictions following the appearance of the prime minister’s press secretary speaking to staff at an event on Christmas last year.

Boris Johnson is under fire for gatherings taking place under his roof in the run-up to Christmas 2020 (Image: Reuters)

No 10 says Mr Johnson still has full confidence in Jack Doyle to stay as communications director despite ITV reporting he spoke to up to 50 people and spoke at a party on December 18.

The BBC reports that Mr Johnson has rejected former journalist Doyle’s offer to resign.

Following the scandal, Downing Street said it had canceled all plans for a Christmas party this year.

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