The Prime Minister’s former top aide, Dominic Cummings has accused senior political journalists of “trying to bury” the story of the Christmas party which was held in Downing Street because they were also there, when London was in lockdown.
Cummings has said that it is “very unwise for N0.10 to lie” over the Christmas gatherings which took place in December last year.
Cummings tweeted on Monday evening, “V unwise for No10 to lie about this but PM set the course of lying on Covid in spring when he decided to start rewriting history, deny herd immunity plan etc.
“NB some lobby hacks were also at parties in No10 flat so trying to bury this story…”
It was reported last week that dozens of No.10 staff were said to be “cheek by jowl” whilst Brits were banned from hosting parties or gatherings of more than two.
A source told the Mirror, “While senior civil servants were urging caution and there was one message to the public, Prime Minister gave the impression that it could be very relaxed in No 10.
“He would either turn a blind eye or on some occasions attend himself while everyone else was in lockdown.”
Downing Street did not deny the claims, but a spokesman said, “Covid rules have been followed at all times.”
A spokeswoman for Carrie Johnson denied she had held any parties in Downing Street when restrictions were in place, adding, “This is total nonsense.
“Mrs Johnson has followed coronavirus rules at all times and it is categorically untrue to suggest otherwise.”