UK Government Spox Stratton Resigns Over No.10 Lockdown Christmas Party Video

© AFP 2022 / JUSTIN TALLISThe annual Downing Street Christmas tree is pictured outside 10 Downing Street, in central London on December 1, 2021. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
The annual Downing Street Christmas tree is pictured outside 10 Downing Street, in central London on December 1, 2021. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.12.2021
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The government spokeswoman and advisor was caught up in controversy on Tuesday after ITV News published leaked footage of her and other Downing Street staff laughing and joking about a lockdown Christmas Party in December 2020, after London was placed under tough Tier 3 restrictions.
Political aide and former press secretary to Prime Minister Boris Johnson Allegra Stratton resigned on Wednesday over the controversial Covid Christmas party video leaked to media earlier this week.

"The British people have made immense sacrifices in the ongoing battle against Covid-19. I now fear that my comments in the leaked video of the 20th of December last year have become a distraction in that fight," a tearful Stratton said in a statement before television cameras early Wednesday evening.

"My remarks seemed to make light of the rules – rules that people were doing everything to obey. That was never my intention. I will regret those remarks for the rest of my days," Stratton added, offering her "profound apologies" to the British people.
"Working in government is an immense privilege. I tried to do right by you all, to behave with civility and decency and up to the high standards you expect of No.10," the former spokeswoman said.
Stratton's comments follow Tuesday's leaked footage of her joking about a Christmas party at the prime minister's home last December, even as Londoners were placed under a strict Covid-19 lockdown, which included a ban on socialising between households and limits of six persons per indoor space.
The leak is a blow to BoJo's government, which previously denied that the party took place and insisted that "guidelines were followed at all times."
Johnson has apologised profusely over the footage, saying he was "furious to see the clip."
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