The BBC’s Political editor questioned how he can expect Britons to follow the latest raft of covid measures following reports that a Christmas party was held in Downing Street at the height of tier 3 lockdown restrictions. Footage later emerged of the Prime Minister’s former spokeswoman Allegra Stratton laughing about the supposed party in a mock press conference days later.
Ms Kuenssberg erupted: “You’re tightening the rules again for millions of people tonight,
“How can you stand at that lecture exactly where some of your team laughed and joked about covid rules.
“And tell people they must now follow your new instructions.
“And are you really asking the public to believe that you had no idea what was going on under your own roof?”
Mr Johnson appeared to dodge the question instead diverting his answer to sharing commiserations for outgoing COP26 spokeswoman Allegra Statton who made the comments.
In the grim footage obtained by ITV from December 20 which has sparked fury across Britain, Ms Stratton can be heard laughing in response to a question by adviser Ed Oldfield
He asked: “I’ve just seen reports on Twitter that there was a Downing Street Christmas party on Friday night, do you recognise those reports?”
Laughing, Ms Stratton said: “This fictional party was a business meeting and it was not socially distanced.”
No 10 initially did not say the reports were inaccurate but said all rules had been followed, before later denying any party had taken place.
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