The COP26 spokesperson, and former Downing Street press secretary, Allegra Stratton, has resigned from her role following the leaked video that appears to show her joking about a Christmas Party at Number 10 during November 2020.
Standing outside her London home, Stratton said she would “regret the remarks for the rest of my days”.
This comes after Boris Johnson addressed the House of Commons at Prime Minister’s Questions, where he denied knowledge of the party and stated he was furious at his staff’s action.
The ITV video showed Stratton joking about a party at Downing Street. When asked about reports of a party “on Friday night”, Stratton jokingly replied “I went home”, before she was asked if the prime minister would “condone” a Christmas party.
Stratton said: “what’s the answer?” before other aides can be heard joking “it wasn’t a party, it was cheese and wine.”
She laughed, saying “is cheese and wine all right?” before adding: “This fictional party was a business meeting and it was not socially distanced.”
Her resignation appears to implicitly confirm the existence of the party at Downing Street – despite Prime Minister Johnson having last week assured the House of Commons that a party had not occurred.
His former chief advisor, Dominic Cummings, has suggested that there were also other parties held during lockdown at Downing Street, including in the prime minister’s flat. Cummings said he will be hosting a live ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Friday, where further revelations are expected to be made.