Johnson apologises after reports of Christmas party despite lockdown Dec 09, 2021 0 0 12345 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) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Biden wants to boost Ukrainian defences against Russia Dec 09, 2021 0 0 Beijing Games diplomatic boycott gains support Dec 09, 2021 0 0 Merkel hands over reins to Scholz Dec 09, 2021 0 0 Putin rejects accusation of possible invasion of Ukraine dpa Berlin After weeks of international criticism over a possible Russian incursion into Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has for the first time personally addressed the allegations following his video summit with .. Boosters could be needed for ‘years to come’, says Pfizer official London People are likely to need Covid-19 booster shots “for a number of years to come”, a Pfizer boss has said. Ben Osborn, country manager for the pharmaceutical firm in the UK, said that it was not yet clear whether future .. Another body found on Polish-Belarusian border amid migrant crisis Warsaw Soldiers found the body of another migrant in Poland’s border region with Belarus, where thousands of people from crisis regions have been stranded in recent weeks in sub-zero temperatures. The soldiers found .. European Commission plans a new policy to deter economic threats Brussels The European Commission wants to set up a new sanctions instrument to shield EU member states from economic intimidation “at a time of rising geopolitical tensions.” European Commissioner for Trade Valdis .. Immigration reforms clear Britain’s Commons amid chaotic scenes dpa London The British government’s flagship immigration legislation has cleared the House of Commons amid chaotic scenes and claims of “anti-democratic” tactics from opposition MPs. MPs gave the Nationality and ..