Bereaved families are “sickened” that the Prime Minister allowed Downing Street to throw Christmas parties to which he attended on 18 December 2020 whilst millions were in Tier 3 lockdown in London.
At the time in 2020 the Covid laws did not allow for such events as they were banned, and those caught would face a £10,000 fine and there have been calls for Johnson to be fined over the banned Christmas party in Downing Street.
The Mirror broke a scandalous news story today which claims staff and Ministers at Downing Street were crammed “cheek to jowl” at a Christmas party inside No.10.
The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer read out to MPs in the Commons on Wednesday the rules which were in place last December, “You must not have a work Christmas lunch or party.”
Johnson hit back at Sir Keir and said that “all guidance was followed completely,” therefore admitting to holding crammed parties in Downing Street, which were illegal at the time and people were being hit with hefty fines.
The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group have called for an apology from the Prime Minister.
One of its spokespeople, Safiah Ngah, told the BBC: “My Dad died in February from Covid-19, despite being in good health. The last Christmas period is sadly one I will never forget.
“One in 20 people in my borough had Covid-19 and my family were desperately trying to do what we could to keep each other safe. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
“To think that just a few miles away, No 10 was throwing a ‘Christmas Party’, with no care for the rules they had set, is sickening.”
Downing Street rules at the time which were enforced by the police specifically said, “Although there are exemptions for work purposes, you must not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted by the rules in your tier.”