Covid bereaved families ‘sickened’ over No 10 Christmas partyon December 2, 2021 at 11:39 am

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Covid bereaved families campaigners call for apology from Boris Johnson over lockdown gathering.

Boris Johnson

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Families who lost loved ones during the pandemic have said they are “sickened” by a No 10 Christmas party held during last year’s Covid restrictions.

The party took place on 18 December, with a source telling the BBC “several dozen” people attended.

But the tier system operating at the time banned such events.

Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that no rules were broken – but pressed on the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions, he did not deny a party took place.

Downing Street has refused to explain how the staff party, which the PM did not attend, was in-keeping with the rules.

The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group have called for an apology for Mr Johnson.

One of its spokespeople, Safiah Ngah, told the BBC: “My Dad died in February from Covid-19, despite being in good health. The last Christmas period is sadly one I will never forget.

“One in 20 people in my borough had Covid-19 and my family were desperately trying to do what we could to keep each other safe. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

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