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MPs stay quiet over Downing Street Christmas 'party' scandal - share your views

Wednesday 8th December 2021

LOCAL MPs are tight-lipped this evening amid growing calls for the Prime Minister to resign over the Downing Street Christmas party last year allegedly held in breach of national lockdown rules.
Year-old footage emerged of Boris Johnson's former press ecretary Allegra Stratton appearing to make fun of the restrictions in place while answering a question about an illicit gathering at a mock press conference.
Mr Johnson has consistently denied any function took place at Number 10 - even though the clips seen yesterday appears to fly in the face of those protests.
We contacted Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford), Helen Grant (Maidstone and the Weald), Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) and Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling) this afternoon but none has answered or returned our calls to explain their position on the explosive affair.
Miss Crouch did tell another news outlet: "I am fuming! My constituents have every right to be angry.
"Their memories of lost loved ones are traumatized knowing that they died alone, first and last Christmases passed by, and many spent what is usually a special day by themselves. I am not even going to begin to justify or defend a party in Downing Street. We all deserve a fulsome explanation and apology and swiftly."
Leaked footage of a press conference rehearsal, Miss Stratton is seen prepping responses to questions about a Number 10 Christmas party that is said to have taken place on December 18 2020.
The former journalist can be seen making light of would-be-questions about a wine and cheese night involving over 40 people a few nights earlier.
She responds "what's the answer?" and laughs that it "was not socially distanced".
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said his leader must resign if it is proved he misled parliament.
Labour has called for Mr Johnson "socially distanced from the truth".
Mr Johnson said he was "sickened" sicked by the clips and called for an inquiry, having been "repeatedly assured" there was no party.
Allegra Stratton resigned in tears today as the PM's COP26 spokesman.