It is a day of apology in British politics. During the morning the Prime Minister went to Westminster to explain to MPs who had always been reassured that there was no party in 10 Downing Street and that booking rules had not been broken.
“I can start by saying that I understand and share the anger across the country to see the 10 officials seem not to take containment measures seriously. And I can understand how disgusting it is to think that the people who made the rules didn’t follow them, because I I was also angry to see that.”
“I apologize unreservedly for the offense I have caused to the whole country and for the impression I have made. I repeat, Mr. President, that I have been assured over and over again, since these accusations came to light, that there is no party and that no Covid rules have been violated.‘ stressed the British prime minister.
Boris Johnson also announced the opening of an internal investigation to clarify the situation. “It goes without saying that if the rules are broken, there will be disciplinary action,” he emphasized.
The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer, accused Johnson of “contemplating the public as stupid”, saying what happened was clear. Ian Blackford of the Scottish National Party has called for the prime minister’s resignation.
after a few hours, Boris Johnson’s advisor and former press officer, who appears in the video laughing and leaving the possibility of a party already happening, Submit your resignation, and promote the newspaper times. Allegra Stratton was a spokeswoman for Boris Johnson at COP26 and before her political advice was a journalist for ITV and BBC.
🔺 Update: Boris Johnson offered to help police investigate allegations about holding a Christmas party at Number 10 during lockdown as he apologized for a leaked video https://t.co/Ubw6pWH3Eh
the times December 8, 2021
“I will regret those comments for the rest of my days and offer my deepest apologies to all. This afternoon, I submitted my resignation to the Prime Minister‘, says Stratton, quoted by the times.
party or maybe not
The case has already been revealed Newspaper MirrorAnd Who mentioned a wine meeting with 40 to 50 people to celebrate Christmas. After days of denials by the Prime Minister’s Office, ITV on Tuesday night aired the video, which garnered millions of views, and caused outrage in the UK.
In it, Allegra Stratton, who last year oversaw relations with journalists, was at rehearsal for a news conference when asked about an alleged party. “I just saw reports on Twitter that the Christmas party in Downing Street is on Friday night. Are you aware of these reports?asks another British government official. In front of the British flags and on the pulpit, Stratton begins to answer:I went homeThen he smiles and adds:wait. wait…‘ Take a lost look.
At the time, millions of Britons were forbidden from holding family or friend gatherings and even from saying goodbye to their relatives on their deathbeds. Nearly 146,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK.
This is the latest episode that sparks a wave of criticism of the British executive, after the increase in public contracts awarded to friends during the pandemic, the renovation of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street apartment and the chaotic eviction of Afghanistan.
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