New one partygate Video showing Tory staffers drinking, dancing and joking about “bending over” has emerged just days after Covid lockdown rules were relaxed boris johnson found lying Regarding following the rules.
The video, said to have been taken on December 14, 2020, after socializing indoors was banned in parts of the UK, marks the first time staff have flouted the rules at a Christmas party at the Conservative campaign headquarters in London , According to mirror,
In the footage one attendee can be heard saying: “As long as we don’t stream we’re breaking the rules,” before laughing – while a man and woman dance holding hands.
There were reportedly at least 24 guests at the gathering, which took place just days before Mr Johnson announced on 19 December that ‘Tier 4’ Covid restrictions would be implemented. It placed London and the South East of England under severe restrictions, meaning many people could not see their families on Christmas Day.
Five days after the party he said, “It is with a very heavy heart that I have to tell you that we cannot continue with Christmas as planned.”
The video has been slammed by Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner.
He said mirror: “The revelers openly mocked the rules followed by the British people. The Tories think it’s a rule for them and a rule for everyone else.
“Instead of forcing him to face the consequences, Rishi Sunak bowed to Boris Johnson and chose to reward him with honours. This is a disgusting insult.
It is not clear who were conservatives at the party, which was said to have been organized by former London mayoral candidate Sean Bailey, who has now been made a lord in honor of Mr Johnson’s resignation.
Lord Bailey had left the party at the time the video was taken, but Tory aide Ben Mallett is pictured holding a glass of wine as The Fairytale of New York plays in the background.
The video would put further pressure on the Tory party, which had hoped to put the Partygate scandal behind it.
it comes as The Independent revealed on Friday The details in the Partygate report were only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the culture of raucous drinking and rule-breaking during the pandemic.
He revealed that Mr Johnson was “happy” to get his staff to drink and was seeing a culture of endemic rule-breaking so widespread it dropped to No. 10 alongside the rest of the country.
CCHQ has said that “formal disciplinary action” had been taken against four staff who were found to have voiced support for the Sean Bailey campaign over the “unauthorised” incident.
A spokesman said: “Senior CCHQ staff became aware of an unauthorized social gathering in the basement of Matthew Parker Street organized by the Bailey Campaign on the evening of 14 December 2020.”
Lord Bailey – not to be confused with the Tory MP for West Bromwich West, also known as Sean Bailey – has been contacted for comment, as has CCHQ.