Emily Thornberry who is a senior Labour MP has said there “should be” a Metropolitan Police investigation as there has been serious claims that Boris Johnson’s staff broke the law during last years’ lockdown rules.
Thornberry who is the Shadow Attorney General and a barrister specialising in human rights law, said “the rules apply to all of us” and there is “not different rules for little people and no rules for Number 10.”
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.
The Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told Sky News, it was “pretty categorical” that no Christmas party took place during the lockdown last year.
Raab has also been slammed as he said in a previous interview that the police “don’t normally investigate things that happened a year ago.”
Raab was then defended his comments and said, he was merely echoing a Met Police statement, which said, “in relation to Covid regulations, they wouldn’t routinely investigate retrospective breaches.”
However, the Shadow Attorney General responded to these comments and told Sky News, “You hear both things, you hear there was no party and, if there was a party, it kept to the rules.
“You can’t have it both ways.
“The evidence that we are hearing again in the papers today is that it was a staff party at Downing Street, that’s what it was.
“If it quacks like a duck, if it smells like a duck, it is a duck.
“It was a party.
“They had a party at Number 10 in breach of the rules.’
Thornberry added, “The rules apply to all of us. They don’t have different rules for little people and no rules for Number 10.
“The rules apply to everyone equally and it is unacceptable for them to think they are above that.”
The Prime Minister’s former top aide Dominic Cummings slammed No.10 Downing Street and accused them of “lying” and said that senior political journalists were also at the Christmas party and claims that they are trying to “bury this story.”
The Times newspaper reported that the Christmas party which has not been denied was held on 18 December 2020 during tier 3 lockdown and staff organised the jolly on WhatsApp and told attendees to wear Christmas jumpers and bring Secret Santa presents.
On the very same date as the Downing Street jolly a 36 year old man is currently being prosecuted as he held a gathering of more than two in east London and the Met Police are considering whether or not to investigate No.10 for their breach.