Boris Johnson will face a day of adverse questions after footage emerged of Quantity 10 officers joking and laughing a few Christmas get together in Downing Road final yr throughout a time of strict COVID restrictions.
The prime minister is about to sq. off in opposition to Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer at PMQs, the place he may additionally face anger from backbenchers in his personal get together.
It comes after a video recording of what’s reported to be a rehearsal for a TV media briefing emerged, by which senior Quantity 10 aides were filmed talking and laughing about a Christmas party.
Ministerial visits scrapped as questions proceed
In addition they jokingly referred to a “enterprise assembly” and a “cheese and wine” occasion.
The footage, obtained by ITV Information, is alleged to be from 22 December final yr – 4 days after an alleged Christmas get together occurred in Quantity 10.
Well being Secretary Sajid Javid was set to tour the printed studios on Wednesday morning for interviews to mark the one-year anniversary of the primary COVID vaccine being administered.
However Sky Information has since been informed that nobody from the federal government is obtainable.
A collection of ministerial visits with media entry right this moment have additionally been pulled.
A Downing Road spokesperson mentioned: “There was no Christmas get together. COVID guidelines have been adopted always.”
‘Boris Johnson has to resign’
However Sir Keir has referred to as on Mr Johnson to “come clear and apologise”.
“Individuals throughout the nation adopted the principles even when that meant being separated from their households, locked down and – tragically for a lot of – unable to say goodbye to their family members,” he mentioned.
“They’d a proper to count on that the federal government was doing the identical. To lie and to chuckle about these lies is shameful.
“The prime minister now wants to come back clear and apologise. It can’t be one rule for the Conservatives and one other for everybody else.”
The SNP’s Westminster chief Ian Blackford informed Sky Information: “Boris Johnson has to resign.”
Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale: “That is like one thing out of The Thick of It. For those who wrote it, folks would not imagine it.
“Boris Johnson has all the time been his personal man and performed his personal factor in his personal approach. I believe he has a certain quantity of explaining to do.”