UK PM apologises, orders probe into leaked video of Downing Street ‘party’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to apologize without reservation on Wednesday after an internal Downing Street video leaked showing his press office staff joking about a party in December last year, at one point. where the UK was under strict lockdown rules to protect against COVID. -19 pandemic.

Addressing the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons, Johnson began with an apology and announced an internal investigation by his cabinet secretary, Simon Case, to establish all the facts surrounding the leaked video.

However, he maintained that no party was actually held that violated the lockdown rules at the time.

“I was also furious and I fully apologize for the offense I had caused across the country, and I apologize for the impression it makes,” Johnson said, referring to the video.

“I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations arose that I had not departed and COVID rules were not broken, the Cabinet Secretary has been tasked with establishing all the facts and it goes without saying that if those rules were broken then there will be disciplinary action for everyone involved, “he said.

The Prime Minister faced an irate Labor Opposition Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, who dismissed his opening statement for raising more questions than answers.

“Millions of people now think that the prime minister was taking them for fools and lied to them that they were right, right?” He said.

Starmer accused Johnson of “pretending” that the first he knew about a party, which allegedly took place on December 18 of last year, was only as a result of the leaked video.

“The prime minister has been caught red-handed,” he declared.

The outrage followed a video acquired by the ITV News channel showing a recording of rehearsals for Downing Street media briefings.

Senior press office staff, blurred in the video, pose mock questions to Allegra Stratton, Johnson’s official spokesperson at the time and his COP26 spokesperson ever since.

Stratton is mockingly asked about a supposed “party”, to which she responds first by saying that she went home and then jokingly saying it was a business meeting, this fictitious party was a business meeting and she was not socially distanced.

Members of Parliament from all political parties have condemned the video for poking fun at a serious problem at a time when people were separated from their dying relatives due to a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The images are said to be from December 22 last year, four days after a supposed Christmas party was held at Number 10.

According to some UK media reports, the fictitious video is understood to have been recorded by a company contracted by Downing Street to run the live broadcasts. The contract ended when Johnson canceled the briefings.

(Business Standard staff may have only modified the title and image of this report; other content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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