The Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has been caught on camera making remarks over a think-tank event he attended lwhich will not be “investigated by the police in a year’s time,” which is a nod over the allegations related to socialising in Downing Street during lockdown.
Rees-Mogg also paid tribute to Boris Johnson’s former aide Allegra Stratton who resigned on Wednesday following leaked footage of her laughing and joking over a Christmas party which took place at No.10, to which the Prime Minister still denies.
Labour’s shadow Commons leader Thangam Debbonaire said it is a “very bad look indeed for a group of male politicians to let a female staffer take the rap.”
She asked Rees-Mogg if he will apologise for making a joke about parties, but he defended his position of making a joke.
Debbonaire said that judging by Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments in a video of him speaking at an Institute of Economic Affairs event, “it does rather seem that he also thinks it’s all been a bit of a joke”.
She said, “Would he also agree that it really is a very bad look indeed for a group of male politicians to let a female staffer take the rap for the mess?
“She laughed, he laughed. She’s apologised and resigned. What’s he going to do?”
Rees-Mogg, in his reply, said, “What I was saying was how nice it was to be free of restrictions so that we can have parties this year.
“That was what I was being pleased about, as opposed, in comparison to last year. And this has got better because of what the Government has done.”
Labour MP Richard Burgon said, “The Prime Minister’s former spokesperson has resigned after being caught on video laughing and joking about a rule-breaking Downing Street party.
“The Leader of the House also this week has been caught on video laughing and joking about rule-breaking whilst giving a speech at a lectern.
“She resigned. Surely the Leader of the House should resign too, or isn’t it another case of ministers in this Government believing it’s one rule for them and another rule for everyone else?”
Rees-Mogg replied, “I’m not sure he’d like to come to the Institute of Economic Affairs, it talks too much sense for him possibly to be able to cope with it.
“But he’d be very welcome to come to their future events and see what goes on and how nice it is, which I was celebrating, that we’re back together having parties without restrictions.
“That is something that is extremely welcome.”