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Dominic Cummings claims lockdown party held in Downing Street flat on day he was sacked

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 08/12/2021 Rachael Burford
Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings - PA Media © PA Media

Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings

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Dominic Cummings has claimed a lockdown party took place in the Downing Street flat on the same day he was sacked from his job as the Prime Minister’s chief advisor.

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson announced Cabinet Secretary Simon Case will lead an inquiry into an alleged boozy Christmas gathering in Number 10 in December.

Mr Cummings suggested the investigation should also look at parties he claimed had taken place in the Prime Minister’s own Downing Street flat, including one he alleged happened on November 13 when the country was in the grip of a second national lockdown.

He tweeted: “Will the [Cabinet Secretary] also be asked to investigate the *flat* party on Fri 13 Nov, the other flat parties, and the flat’s ‘bubble’ policy.”

During PMQs on Wednesday, Labour MP Catherine West asked whether there was a party in Downing Street on November 13.

Mr Johnson denied the accusation and said: “Mr Speaker, no, but I’m sure that whatever happened the guidance was followed at all times”.

Video: Boris Johnson dismisses claims that rules were broken during a Downing Street Christmas party in 2020 (Wales Online)


Mr Cummings left his job at No 10 on Friday, November 13, following internal battles over his role as chief adviser and eight days after the Government imposed the country’s second national lockdown.

He has also faced his own allegations of defying lockdown rules when it was revealed he left London for a trip to his family’s home in Durham during the first national lockdown.

Earlier on Wednesday Mr Cummings suggested a rumour that the Government would introduce Plan B Covid measures this week was to distract from the leaked video showing No 10 officials laughing about a Christmas party on December 18 last year.

Mr Johnson said he was “furious” about for footage of his then-spokesperson Allegra Stratton laughing about the alleged get-together during a mock press conference, and apologised “unreservedly” for the clip.

However, he insisted his staff had repeatedly assured him “there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken”.

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