Alleged Christmas party at Downing Street amid Covid restrictions stirs debate

Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) was dominated on Wednesday with questions relating to an alleged party at Number 10 Downing Street last year despite lockdown restrictions.

Debates about this rule break erupted after ITV released a video showing former press secretary, Allegra Stratton, laughing with other staff members of Number 10 about an alleged party at Downing Street last Christmas.

Source: ITV News’ YouTube Channel

It is alleged that the party took place on December 18th last year, but there are also allegations of three other parties taking place within Government:

Source: ITV News on Twitter

MPs said these actions and allegations have put public trust and faith in the Government at an all time low and Boris Johnson into severe disrepute.

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition, called for an apology from the Prime Minister, while Scottish National Party member, Ian Blackford called for Boris Johnson’s resignation. “The only right and moral choice left to him [Boris Johnson], it is for his resignation,” he said. This statement was followed by cheers and applause from other MPs.

Not long after PMQs, Keir Starmer took to twitter to follow on and express his opinion on the party scandal.

Allegra Stratton has resigned since this video of her was leaked. She made a tearful statement apologising for what she had said:

Source: The Guardian on YouTube

With ministers enacting ‘Plan B’ to curb the rise in COVID cases relating to the Omicron variant, the public are questioning their trust and faith in the rules.

Plan B will start rolling out on Friday the 10th of December 2021 and you can read our article about it here.

Will you be following ‘Plan B’ and potential new COVID rules?

The UK have been left feeling frustrated after hearing the Government broke Covid rules last year to have a party while they were all staying home and obeying the rules.

Many have taken to social media to share their thoughts and feelings:

Bea Garrard, a first year student at Canterbury Christ Church University commented on the situation. “There’s obvious hypocrisy, Boris Johnson has clearly lied and taken it on the chin, instead of lying. I’d be happy for him to resign and that Jacob Rees-Mogg for what he said,” he said.

She added that she will not be following the new rules because of her lack of trust and faith in the Government

James is a 21-year-old Labour party member, and he said that he just hopes that this Downing Street fiasco will wake people up to the fact that it’s one rule for them and another rule for us, and that needs to change.

“I would abide by new restrictions if they were implemented again. Ultimately, nobody wants to go back into another lockdown so the best thing we can do to stay safe is to follow the rules. It’s morally right in my opinion,” he said.

James then expressed his frustration. “Families were unable to say goodbye to loved ones whilst they were partying it up without a care in Downing Street,” he said.

19 year-old university student Sam said that his trust in the Government was already low but these allegations and videos of the party have “further worsened trust,” and because of this he said he would most likely not follow new rules set by the Government “unless the variant was super deadly.”

21 year-old, Danny, expressed his dismay and lack of trust he has. “How was I meant to trust the Government in the first place? Because that was [referring to the alleged party] such a small thing compared to what else this Government has done over the past almost 2 years now.”

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