Sunderland MP reacts as anger mounts at Number 10 and Boris Johnson over 'Downing Street Christmas party'

A Sunderland MP has added her voice to mounting anger at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Downing Street after leaked footage seemed to confirm a Christmas party took place at Number 10 during lockdown.

Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 3:31 pm

Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into claims Downing Street staff broke lockdown rules by holding a Christmas party last year and told MPs he was “furious” about footage apparently showing aides joking about the party, which allegedly took place during lockdown on December 18 last year.

Bridget Phillipson said the Government ‘laughed’ while others lost their lives and slammed the PM for failing to ‘come clean’.

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Bridget Phillipson MP.

Speaking via Twitter, Ms Phillipson said: “While Downing Street laughed about covering up their lockdown party, people were losing their lives to Covid-19.

"Today the Prime Minister still wouldn't come clean about what happened or take responsibility for it. The British people will draw their own conclusions.”

Bridget Phillipson, who is Shadow Education Secretary, also slammed Gavin Williamson after it was confirmed the Department of Education also held a Christmas party on December 10 last year while the MP was Education Secretary.

She said: “Last year the country was in lockdown, schools were weighing up whether to close, and children had missed months of school. But the Department for Education didn’t have a plan. They had a party.”

Pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson over the Downing Street Christmas party last year

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the Prime Minister’s apology “raises more questions than answers” as he had been “caught red-handed”.

He said: “Millions of people now think the Prime Minister was taking them for fools, that they were lied to. They are right aren’t they?”

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