A “formal party” in Downing Street last December would have been against Covid-19 guidelines, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab admitted, saying it would have been “the wrong thing to do”.
But the Lord Chancellor told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show that he was assured by Boris Johnson that no rules were broken at the rally reported last year, despite reports coming from multiple sources in multiple newspapers.
“Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here, something that took place a year ago, anonymous unfounded allegations were made,” he said. “It is impossible to answer the accusation on this basis, only that we are clear that the rules were followed. If there is a violation of the rules, there is a violation of the rules. But I don’t know all the facts because I wasn’t there.
When asked if, as a lawyer, he admitted that staging a rally would have been a violation of the rules, Raab said: Advice. If someone threw a party that is against the rules, of course that is not the right thing to do.
“If anything uncorroborated by anonymous sources materialized, it would of course be wrong. “