Boris Johnson has been accused of flouting Covid rules during the lockdown last Christmas with festive gatherings of people in No 10.
Downing Street has said “all Covid rules were followed” but it was reported on Wednesday that there were at least two gatherings of people in No 10 at a time when restrictions were in place.
The Mirror said he gave a speech at a packed leaving do for a top aide last November when the country was in its second lockdown. Al tempo, meeting indoors or in private gardens was not allowed, while individuals were only permitted to meet one other person from another household outside in a public place.
Pubs, restaurants and shops were closed and people were asked to stay at home unless there was a specific reason to leave such as work or education. Johnson’s team were also reported to have held a staff party in Downing Street while London was in tier 3 restrictions, just days before Christmas.
In each case, the paper reported, c'erano 40 o 50 people crammed “cheek by jowl” into a medium-sized room.
Defending the prime minister, Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said that “all rules would have been followed” if there had been parties at No 10 in the run-up to Christmas last year.
Questioned on LBC radio about the accusations, Javid said: “I didn’t attend, I don’t know who attended these parties, but I don’t even think there were parties that I’m aware of. But the point is, whether it’s in No 10 or any government department, all rules would have been followed at all times … I don’t think there’s anything there.”