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'I share the anger of my constituents', says West Norfolk MP over Downing Street Christmas party video



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A West Norfolk MP says he shares "the anger" of constituents as the Downing Street Christmas party row deepens.

The comments by the North West Norfolk MP James Wild came after the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced an investigation would take place into the furore.

The row took a new twist last night when video footage which appeared to show senior Downing Street staff laughing about the gathering was released.

Allegra Stratton, the Prime Minister's former spokesperson, taking part in the press conference rehearsal in December 2020 in which she is asked about rumours of a Downing Street Christmas party. The footage was leaked to ITV News (53592831)
Allegra Stratton, the Prime Minister's former spokesperson, taking part in the press conference rehearsal in December 2020 in which she is asked about rumours of a Downing Street Christmas party. The footage was leaked to ITV News (53592831)

The incident in December 2020 came when people were barred from meeting socially with anyone they did not live or have a support bubble with in most settings.

Mr Wild told the Lynn News this afternoon: "People across Norfolk have made incredible sacrifices throughout Covid and followed the rules, meaning they have missed out on so many important moments.

"I share the anger of my constituents at the footage that has emerged.

North West Norfolk MP James Wild.
North West Norfolk MP James Wild.

"We urgently need to establish the facts and if rules have been broken then consequences for those involved must follow."

Earlier, the South West Norfolk MP and Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, insisted the Government does "follow the rules on Covid", despite claiming not to know the details of the alleged Downing Street Christmas party.

Ms Truss was questioned about the row after giving a speech at Chatham House.

She said: "As to events at Number 10, I don't know the detail of what happened.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss today insisted the Government follows Covid rules despite the Christmas party row.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss today insisted the Government follows Covid rules despite the Christmas party row.

"I know that the Prime Minister's spokesman answered those questions in detail yesterday and I'm sure there will be further discussion on that issue."

Asked whether the Government could be trusted to follow the rules, she insisted: "We do follow the rules on Covid.

"I'm saying in that particular issue that you raise that I'm not aware of the precise circumstances."

This lunchtime, Mr Johnson, apologised for the video in the House of Commons and announced he had asked the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, to investigate.

But he also maintained he had been repeatedly assured no Covid rules were broken, as he faced calls from opposition leaders for his resignation.

And Downing Street officials have indicated they can't say whether Mr Case himself was at the gathering or not.

Amid the furore, there have also been reports this morning that new Covid restrictions, potentially instructing people to work from home and introducing vaccine passports, could be announced later today.



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