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The Newark and Sherwood MPs are staying tight-lipped over reports of a Downing Street Christmas party last year.

We asked Newark MP Robert Jenrick and Sherwood MP Mark Spencer what their message was to constituents amid growing anger over a leaked video which revealed senior No 10 officials joking about a Downing Street Christmas party.

If true, the party would have taken place under strict Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

Newark MP Robert Jenrick.
Newark MP Robert Jenrick.

Mr Jenrick was Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government at the time, while Mr Spencer was and still is the government Chief Whip.

Neither of them have responded to requests from the Advertiser for statement.

At Prime Minister's Questions today (Wednesday), Boris Johnson repeatedly assured the public no party took place, said he was furious and had asked Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to investigate.

Sherwood MP Mark Spencer.
Sherwood MP Mark Spencer.

One senior government adviser on the video, Allegra Stratton, resigned this afternoon — less than 20 hours after the video emerged.

Holding back tears, Ms Stratton offered her profound apologies for joking about the alleged party during a rehearsal for a news conference in which other aides asked her about the gathering, said to have taken place on December 18 last year.

She said: "The British people have made immense sacrifices in the battle against covid-19.

"I now fear that my comments in the leaked video of December 20 have become a distraction from that fight.

Anger is increasing over reports of a Downing Street Christmas party last year.
Anger is increasing over reports of a Downing Street Christmas party last year.

"My remarked seemed to make light of the rules, rules that people were doing everything to obey. That was never my intention.

"I will regret those remarks for the rest of my days and offer my profound apologies to all of you for them.

"I understand the anger and frustration that people feel.

"To all of you who lost loved ones, endured intolerable loneliness and struggled with your businesses — I am sorry and this afternoon I have offered my resignation to the prime minister."



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