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Johnson apologises after reports of Christmas party despite lockdown

London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered an investigation on Wednesday amid claims Downing Street staff broke lockdown rules by holding a Christmas party last year. He told lawmakers he was “furious” about footage apparently showing aides joking about it. He also apologised “unreservedly” for the offence caused by the footage of his then-spokeswoman Allegra Stratton at a mock press conference. Stratton resigned after the leaked clip emerged, offering “profound apologies” and saying she would “regret those remarks for the rest of [her] days.” But he insisted he had been repeatedly assured “there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken.” Johnson said he had asked Cabinet Secretary Simon Case “to establish all the facts and to report back as soon as possible - and it goes without saying that if those rules were broken then there will be disciplinary action for all those involved.” (Agencies)

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