ST HELENS' MPs have hit out at the Government amid clams a Christmas Party was held at Downing Street last year.

Questions have been asked about an alleged party at Downing Street on December 18, 2020.

Ministers are yet to explain how the alleged bash complied with the rules in place at the time, despite coming under pressure since an initial report in the Daily Mirror.

The newspaper said two events took place in No 10 in the run-up to the festive season last year, including Mr Johnson giving a speech at a leaving do during November’s lockdown.

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The other was said to be a staff party in December where party games were played, food and drinks were served, and revelries went on past midnight.

At the time, the Tier 3 rules explicitly banned work Christmas lunches and parties where it is “a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted”.

The Prime Minister has denied there had been any breach of Covid rules.

Conor McGinn, Labour MP for St Helens North, described the saga as "utterly galling".

Mr McGinn said: “I have had dozens of emails from my constituents who tragically lost loved ones to COVID-19. They, like many others, made huge sacrifices.

“We were unable to see grandparents, family or friends at that deeply challenging time.

“It’s utterly galling for everyone then that while we stuck by the rules in our own homes, the Prime Minister did not in his.”

Meanwhile, Marie Rimmer, St Helens South and Whiston MP, added: “The Prime Minister was hosting parties while people here said goodbye to loved ones over the phone.

"People made sacrifices over their Christmas period, often spending it apart from their families. If you are responsible for introducing the rules, as Boris Johnson was, you must abide by them.

“The worst part is the continuous denial. The Government are taking us all for mugs. We all know there was a party, yet they continue to deny and refuse to apologise.”

Boris Johnson has asked the Cabinet Secretary to investigate claims about a Christmas party in Downing Street last year.

The Prime Minister said he has launched an investigation but maintained the line that there was no party.


Boris Johnson Pic: PA

Boris Johnson Pic: PA


Speaking to MPs during PMQs, Mr Johnson said: “I understand and share the anger up and down the country at seeing No 10 staff seeming to make light of lockdown measures, and I can understand how infuriating it must be to think that people who have been setting the rules have not been following the rules because I was also furious to see that clip.

“I apologise unreservedly for the offence that it has caused up and down the country and I apologise for the impression that it gives.

“But I repeat that I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken, and that is what I have been repeatedly assured.”

He added: “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.”