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As it happened: Boris Johnson brings in Plan B measures after Xmas party fallout

8 December 2021, 15:53 | Updated: 8 December 2021, 19:18

Video obtained by ITV News

By Patrick Grafton-Green

Boris Johnson has used a press conference to announce coronavirus Plan B measures and defend his colleagues after allegations Downing Street held Christmas parties in breach of restrictions last year.

Mr Johnson apologised for a leaked video of Downing Street aides joking about the party in No 10, however he continued to deny any Covid rules were broken.

The Prime Minister told MPs during today's Prime Minister's Questions he was "furious" to see the clip, but added he has been "repeatedly assured" there was no party.

Footage from No 10's £2.6 million press briefing room emerged last night showing former press secretary Allegra Stratton laughing as she appeared to rehearse answers to questions over a lockdown-busting festive party.

The video, which is reported to be from December 22 last year, refers to a party on "Friday" - which would have been December 18, the same day there was allegedly a staff party where games were played, food and drinks were served, and revelries went on past midnight.

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