How many Christmas parties were there? 3 under investigation – but was there a 4th?

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Boris Johnson and his Government have faced scathing criticism this week after footage emerged of Downing Street staff appearing to admit that a Christmas party did take place at No 10 last year. Now, as the Cabinet Secretary prepares to investigate a further two alleged Government gatherings there are reports that a fourth party may have been held at the Treasury.

After the events that unfolded this week Downing Street is under investigation by the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, for an alleged Christmas party, held last year.

Claims that several other events took place – which breached Covid measures – are also being explored by Mr Case.

Mr Johnson and his ministers have always maintained that all Covid rules were fully complied with by themselves and their staff.

However, as accusations continue to be levelled at the Government how many parties are alleged to have taken place in Westminster last year?

December 18, 2020 – Downing Street Christmas party

Earlier this week footage was released, by ITV News, that showed the Prime Minister’s aides appearing to admit to a party taking place – which would have breached Covid measures in place – during last Christmas.

The alleged gathering is reported to have taken place on December 18, 2020, while millions of people across the UK were forced to avoid socialising due to Covid restrictions.

At that point in time, London was under Tier three restrictions which clearly stated: “No person may participate in a gathering in the Tier 3 area which consists of two or more people, and takes place in any indoor space.”

As a result of her part in the video, the PM’s former spokesperson Allegra Stratton resigned from her position on Wednesday.

December 10, 2020 – Gavin Williamson’s staff party

When Gavin Williamson was education secretary, in December 2020, he’s accused of throwing a party for his staff, in his Whitehall department.

At that point, London was in Tier two which only allowed for social gatherings of up to six people outside.

Susan Acland-Hood, the most senior civil servant in the department attended the event and revealed that a “work related” gathering did take place, and was hosted in the canteen.

Ms Acland-Hood levelled blame at Mr Williamson for arranging the event and did not dispute that wine was drank during the evening.

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Mr Williamson wanted to “say a few words” to thank his staff after a difficult 2020, according to Ms Acland-Hood.

She also confirmed that the Cabinet Secretary would consider the event for his investigation into Government parties.

November 27, 2020 – Downing Street leaving event

A leaving event was allegedly organised for a former aide of the Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser Dominic Cummings – thought to be Cleo Watson – whilst England was still in the middle of its second national lockdown.

During the lockdown people were prohibited from socialising in groups from different households and instructed to work from home – bar key workers.

Along with the two aforementioned events these claims are also being investigated by Mr Case.

November 25, 2020 – Treasury staff party

The party reportedly occurred as a celebration of the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s spending review.

Two dozen people are thought to have attended and spent the evening drinking wine and beer in the Treasury offices.

According to a Treasury spokesman, Mr Sunak was not at the event and nor was he aware of the party at the time.

Though it is not yet under investigation it’s thought it could be added to the list that Mr Case has drawn up. contacted Downing Street with regards to the four parties taking place but a spokesperson declined to comment whilst the Cabinet Secretary’s investigation is still ongoing.

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