The Loose Women panelists have ripped into Boris Johnson over the ‘sickening’ video that emerged of Boris Johnson’s spokesperson laughing about a Christmas party in Downing Street when tier three restrictions were in place last December.
Speaking after Mr Johnson continued to insist there was no Christmas party in Prime Minister’s Questions, Christine Lampard said: ‘I just find it really deeply upsetting.’
She recalled watching the press conference about the Christmas restrictions when she was pregnant, realising she wouldn’t be able to see her family.
‘I was absolutely devastated,’ she said, adding that she can’t imagine how people who couldn’t see relatives in hospital must have felt.
She continued: ‘There’s something deeply sickening about those making the rules having wine and cheese behind closed doors.’
Brenda Edwards said: ‘I’m more worried when I saw that back, her [Allegra Stratton, Boris Johnson’s spokesperson] saying, “What’s the answer?” How about the truth? How about you just tell us the truth about what’s the answer? It absolutely infuriates me, my blood is boiling.’
She went on to refer to the video as ‘disgusting.’
‘Does he imagine that he’s Teflon man and nothing sticks to him?’ Janet Street-Porter asked, before questioning: ‘How could he not know what’s going on?’
Jane Moore suggested that, if more Covid restrictions are put in place for this Christmas, Mr Johnson will have a difficult time getting anyone to follow them.
Downing Street has repeatedly insisted there was no party and coronavirus rules had been followed at all times following reports one took place there on December 18.
But footage obtained by ITV News shows Stratton answering questions at a mock press conference on December 22 about a party the previous Friday – the date of the alleged rule-breaking gathering.
At the rehearsal with Ms Stratton, Ed Oldfield, a special adviser to Mr Johnson, asked her: ‘I’ve just seen reports on Twitter that there was a Downing Street Christmas party on Friday night, do you recognise those reports?’
Ms Stratton replied ‘I went home’ before laughing and having discussion with colleagues about whether the event was a ‘cheese and wine’ evening.
She added: ‘This fictional party was a business meeting … and it was not socially distanced.’
At PMQs, Mr Johnson said he has asked a Cabinet Secretary to investigate what happened.
But he once again denied there was a party and said no Covid rules were broken.
‘I have been repeatedly assured that there was no party and that no covid rules were broken,’ he said.
‘I have asked the Cabinet Secretary to establish all the facts and to report back as soon as possible – and it goes without saying that if those rules were broken then there will be disciplinary action for all those involved.’
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