Sajid Javid denies Boris Johnson and Downing Street staff broke Covid rules by holding two parties in Number 10 in the run up to last Christmas when strict coronavirus curbs were in place

  • Report claimed two parties were held in Number 10 in run up to last Christmas
  • One event took place when London was subject to Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions
  • Sajid Javid today denied claims that Boris Johnson had broken Covid rules 

Health Secretary Sajid Javid today denied claims that Boris Johnson and his Downing Street staff broke Covid rules by holding two parties in Number 10 in the run-up to last Christmas.

The Daily Mirror reported the Prime Minister gave a speech at a packed leaving do for a senior aide last November when the country was in the midst of the second lockdown.

The newspaper said members of his Number 10 team then held their own festive party days before Christmas, while London was subject to Tier 3 Covid restrictions.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid today denied claims that Boris Johnson and his Downing Street staff broke Covid rules by holding two parties in Number 10 in the run-up to last Christmas

In each case there were 40 or 50 people crammed ‘cheek by jowl’ into a medium sized room, it was claimed. 

Asked about the reports during a round of broadcast interviews this morning, Mr Javid insisted the coronavirus restrictions would have been adhered to in Downing Street.

‘Whatever happened in Number 10 throughout the pandemic, I am absolutely certain all the rules around the pandemic would have been followed,’ he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

‘Obviously I can’t tell you what’s going on on a daily basis in any building, but what I can tell you is if it’s Government, especially Number 10, all the rules would have been followed at all times.’

Pressed on the Mirror report, he said: ‘You’re assuming that the news report you’re referring to is accurate. 

The Daily Mirror reported the Prime Minister gave a speech at a packed leaving do for a senior aide last November when the country was in the midst of the second lockdown

‘I’m sure you would have come across inaccurate news reports in the past.

‘All I can tell you is whatever happened in Number 10, all rules would have been followed at all times.’ 

A Downing Street spokeswoman said in response to the report: ‘Covid rules have been followed at all times.’

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