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Boris Johnson Blasted Anew For X'Mas Party Last Year

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his spinners are under extreme pressure for answers after a leaked clip showed senior aides laughing and joking about a Christmas party during a mock press conference, Adam Forrest reported for The Independent.

Photo Insert: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has drawn flack for an alleged Christmas party that violated COVID protocols.

The footage, recorded on December 22, 2020 – just days after reports say a gathering of “dozens” of staffers took place in No. 10 when lockdown restrictions were in place – appears to contradict repeated denials by Downing Street that “there was no Christmas party” and that “COVID rules have been followed at all times” – lines trotted out again last night after the film emerged but ones that seem unlikely to hold as today progresses.

Aware that the Christmas party story has had significant cut through with the public, Labor leader Keir Starmer is going for Johnson’s jugular, accusing the prime minister of telling “lies” over the affair, demanding that he “comes clean” and apologizes.

In the video, Johnson’s then spokeswoman Allegra Stratton joked that the party was “was not socially distanced” and suggested passing it off as “a business meeting.”

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The footage was recorded as a rehearsal for planned televised press briefings, with mock questions posed by the prime minister’s special adviser Ed Oldfield and other staff.

Oldfield can be heard to mockingly ask Stratton: “I’ve just seen reports on Twitter that there was a Downing Street party on Friday night. Do you recognize those reports?” “I went home,” Stratton replies, laughing.

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Reports of the Christmas party have once again left Johnson open to accusations that it is one rule for him and his ministers and another for everyone else, a view said to be held now by some of the PM’s own MPs.

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