Allegra Stratton resigns – after No10 Christmas party video – watch
Latest: Allegra Stratton has resigned as adviser to Prime Minister. She did it from home. Allegra Stratton was in tears and said she regrets her remarks in the video. She apologised to the nation. Ms Stratton leaves one of the best jobs she had she says.
A video obtained by ITV News shows senior No 10 staff joking about holding a Christmas Party. This days after a party was held there during lockdown.
The PM’s then press secretary Allegra Stratton is asked by colleagues about reports of a part. They were rehearsing a news conference in December last year.
In jokey exchanges, she says: “This fictional party was a business meeting and it was not socially distanced.”
Downing Street continues to insist no party took place.
The mock news conference took place in the government’s new high-tech briefing room at 9 Downing Street, on Tuesday 22 December, without members of the media present.
The rehearsal took place four days after the Christmas party, on 18 December.
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