The Prime Minister has appeared in the Commons this afternoon to deny that any Covid restrictions were broken in Downing Street, or that any Christmas parties took place there last December.
Facing Kier Starmer at PMQ’s, the PM apologised for the leaked video that has circulated showing senior officials laughing and joking about a Christmas party that reportedly took place whilst London was under Tier 3 restrictions.
However, he maintained that “there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken” whilst being grilled by MPs in Parliament this afternoon and insisted that an investigation will take place.
He also said that he ‘understands how infuriating it must be’ to hear of rules being broken by the people who set them in the first place.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the PM of ‘lying to millions of people’ and ‘treating them as fools’.
Mr Johnson said: “May I begin by saying that I understand and share the anger up and down the country at seeing Number 10 staff seeming to make light of lockdown measures.
“I can understand how infuriating it must be to think that the people who have been setting the rules have not been following the rules.
“I was also furious to see that clip, and Mr Speaker, I apologise unreservedly for the offence that it has caused up and down the country and I apologise for the impression that it gives.
“But I repeat, Mr Speaker, that I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken, and that is what I have been repeatedly assured.
“But I have asked the Cabinet Secretary to establish all the facts and to report back as soon as possible.
“It goes without saying that if those rules were broken then there will be disciplinary action for all those involved.”
Sir Keir Starmer challenged this statement, asking: “Frankly it raises more questions than answers.
“The Prime Minister, the Government, spent the week telling the British public ‘There was no party, all guidance was followed completely’.
“Millions of people now think the Prime Minister was taking them for fools, and that they were lied to. They’re right, aren’t they?”
He also quipped at ‘Ant and Dec are ahead of the Prime Minister on this one’, in reference to the presenters’ jibes made on I’m A Celebrity last night.
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