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Labour asks Scotland Yard to be called in over Downing Street party during lockdown last year

2nd Dec 21 4:19 pm

The Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has asked for the Metropolitan Police to called in over the Downing Street party which took place on 18 December 2020, when London was in a Tier 3 lockdown.

Downing Street has not denied the allegations that there was medium size room where people were crammed “cheek to jowl.”

Writing to the government’s top civil servant Simon Case, Rayner asked if he was aware of the gatherings taking place and whether there would be an internal investigation, according to The Mirror.

Rayner also asked if Case will call in the Metropolitan Police as parties were banned at that time last year.

Rayner wrote, “You will no doubt understand the seriousness of the allegations made.

“This government is undermining public health messaging with their actions and we cannot let this go on unchecked.

“It cannot be that the Prime Minister believes there to be a set of rules for the public and a totally different set of rules for himself.”

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.”

He added, “Does the Prime Mister think that while people were banned from seeing their loved ones at Christmas last year, it was fine to throw a boozy party in Downing Street?”

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.

Westminster’s SNP leader Ian Blackford told Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday that he has spoken to The Mirror newspaper over their allegation that Boris Johnson “broke lockdown laws.

Blackford blasted at Johnson and asked, if it is “one rule for him and one rules for everybody else” following the allegations of a Christmas party being held at Downing Street last year.

Blakcford told MPs in the Commons that Johnson’s party “broke lockdown rules” and then revealed that he spoke to The Mirror over damning the story on Wednesday morning.

Blackford said, “They are confirming what happened and they have legal advice on potential illegality.

“How are people expected to trust a prime minister when he thinks it’s one rule for him and another for everyone else?”

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