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Dominic Raab admits a No10 staff party last Christmas would have breached Covid rules


Boris Johnson has insisted no rules were broken – but the Deputy Prime Minister said ‘if there was a formal party held, of course that is something that is clearly contrary to the guidance’

Dominic Raab did not deny the allegations but said they were 'unsubstantiated'
Dominic Raab did not deny the allegations but said they were ‘unsubstantiated’

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab today admitted a Downing Street staff party in the run-up to last Christmas would have been a clear breach of coronavirus rules.

Boris Johnson has not denied the Mirror’s revelations that members of No10’s team staged a bash on December 18 when London was under Tier 3 restrictions.

But the PM has insisted no rules were broken.

Mr Raab, who is also Justice Secretary, said while the reports were based on “unsubstantiated claims all on the basis of anonymous sources”, if they were correct then there would have been a breach.

However, he bizarrely added: “They [police] don’t normally look back and investigate things that have taken place a year ago.”

“Until there is something substantiated, until it is more than anonymous sources, I think we are chasing shadows,” he told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show.

“If there is a breach of the rules, there is a breach of the rules.

“But I don’t know the full facts because I wasn’t there.

“Of course, if there was a formal party held, of course that is something that is clearly contrary to the guidance.

“If anyone held a party that is contrary to the rules, of course that is the wrong thing to do.

“If something unsubstantiated from anonymous sources actually materialised, then of course it would be wrong.”

His intervention will pile pressure on Mr Johnson to come clean over the festive celebration.

Writing exclusively for the Mirror, Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens said our revelations last week “made my blood boil”.

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