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UK PM Johnson under fire over Christmas lockdown party

Added 12-08-21 04:04:02am EST - “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced criticism on Wednesday after a video surfaced showing his staff laughing and joking over how to explain a gathering in Downing Street during a COVID lockdown last Christmas when such festivities…” - News.yahoo.com

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced criticism on Wednesday after a video surfaced showing his staff laughing and joking over how to explain a gathering in Downing Street during a COVID lockdown last Christmas when such festivities were banned.

Johnson and his ministers have repeatedly denied any rules were broken by the gatherings in late 2020, though the Mirror newspaper said Johnson spoke at a leaving party, and that his team had a wine-fuelled gathering of around 40 to 50 people.

But in a video aired by ITV, Allegra Stratton, who was then Johnson's press secretary, was shown at a 2020 Downing Street rehearsal for a daily briefing laughing and joking about the gathering.

The furore comes as the government is weighing up whether to impose new restrictions on the public to try to beat back the new coronavirus variant Omicron.

It follows a string of scandals that have led opposition politicians to accuse the Johnson government of cronyism and corruption, and of behaving as if rules do not apply it.

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