The recording has outraged both ordinary citizens and members of parliament, including members of the ruling Conservative Party. Ian Blackford, head of the Scottish National Party faction in the House of Commons, has called on Johnson to resign over the scandal. And the leader of the Labor Party, Cyrus Starmer, said that the video from Stratton is an insult to all those who observed a lockdown last year and were forced to celebrate Christmas without their family members. They were entitled to expect the government to do the same. “It’s shameful to lie and laugh at it at the same time,” Starmer said.
Initially, Boris Johnson stated that there was no party on Downing Street in December 2020, and members of his entourage respected all restrictions. However, on December 7, speaking in the House of Commons, the head of government promised to conduct a check in connection with the incident. He also expressed outrage at Stratton’s behavior and apologized for allowing herself to joke about the possibility of flouting coronavirus restrictions. At the same time, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers again assured that, according to the information available to him, there was no party at which the epidemiological rules were violated on Downing Street.
“If the rules are violated, disciplinary action will be taken against all involved,” Johnson said. He promised to transfer the information to be collected to the London police, TASS reports.
Meanwhile, in the coming days, the Prime Minister, according to media reports, may announce the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions, in particular, obliging the inhabitants of the kingdom to wear medical masks in almost all public places, demanding that the organizers of major cultural and entertainment events allow admission to them only after presenting a document confirming vaccination or previous illness and recommending, if possible, to work from home.
The head of government, speaking in parliament, pointed out that “the omicron strain of the coronavirus is spreading faster than previously known variants.” According to the latest information from the UK Health Safety Agency, a total of 437 cases of infection with the omicron strain have been identified in the country so far, with 100 of them on December 7 alone. Infection cases have been found in all parts of the United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.