Allegra Stratton steps down from Cop26 role after Christmas party video

Allegra Stratton has stepped down as the government’s spokesperson for the Cop26 climate summit after footage of her emerged joking about a party at Downing Street during the peak of lockdown rules in December last year.

At the time the video was shot, Stratton was Boris Johnson’s press secretary. The exchanges about the party with other No 10 officials were filmed as part of rehearsals for a proposed daily televised Downing Street press briefing, which she was going to host.

After the planned briefings were axed, Stratton moved to her Cop26 role. A former journalist for the Guardian, BBC and ITV, Stratton also worked for the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, before switching to No 10.


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