The former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson also threw a Christmas party as millions of Brits were in lockdown.
On 10 December last year London was in Tier 2 restrictions which banned mixing between households, but Williamson decided to throw a party on that date.
Some two dozen of Williamson’s staff had “drinks and canapes” at the Department for Education café.
One source said,“There were lots of people gathered in the cafe area, mingling and drinking wine. It was just so reckless”.
Another added, “He hosted a drinks do when people were considering whether they could spend Christmas with their families.”
The DfE did not deny Covid rules had been broken, then they admitted “it would have been better” not to have held the event while the rest of the country was banned.
On 3 December Williamson hypercritically urged millions of Brits to take the “responsible approach” and follow social distancing rules.
More allegations have been revealed as officials organised the Downing Street Christmas party a week in advance via a Whatsapp group, followed up by an email.
A source said, “Of course it was premeditated… Everyone came with Secret Santa presents.”
Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson said today: “While Covid rates spiralled, schools were in crisis and children prevented from seeing friends and family.
“it is clear the DfE didn’t have a plan – but did have a party.
“This Government has failed our children throughout the pandemic and does not have their best interests at heart. Boris Johnson and his ministers believe they are above the rules, it’s truly one rule for them and one rule for the rest of us.”
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