Police Minister knows ‘nothing about’ Downing Street Christmas party
The Police Minister admitted he knew “nothing about” a Christmas party held at No 10 during coronavirus restrictions, but said he believed no rules had been broken.
Kit Malthouse has said he will accept Downing Street’s insistence that all regulations be followed at the party reported on December 18 at ‘face value’.
He also suggested that there may have been circumstances such as distancing between participants that would have allowed the rally – although London was at Level 3 prohibiting social mixing inside at the time.
Number 10 is under increasing pressure to explain what happened in Downing Street last year, as Metropolitan Police said they were looking into complaints lodged by two Labor MPs.
The Daily Mirror reported that two events took place at No 10 last year in the run-up to the holiday season, including Boris Johnson delivering a speech during a departure during the November lockdown.
The other was said to have been a staff party in December where board games were played, food and drinks were served and festivities continued past midnight.
At the time, London’s Level 3 rules explicitly prohibited lunches and Christmas parties at work where it is “a primarily social activity and not otherwise permitted”.
Malthouse told Sky News: “I don’t know – No.10 has assured me that no rules are broken if there is a rally of any kind.
“No 10 reassures everyone that all the rules have been followed during this time and I take this insurance at face value, but there is no doubt that if the police are alerted they will take a look and it will be forged an opinion and we’ll learn more about that in the days to come.
“The police should investigate anything that is a historic crime for them. “