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UK Christmas party scandal sparks furious online backlash

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologized to Parliament for a controversial video in which his staff are seen joking about a Christmas party in Downing Street during the Covid-19 lockdown last year. The video was reportedly shot as the country was reeling from the Covid-19 crisis and festivities were banned.

Johnson said he was furious with the video, released by ITV on Tuesday night. However, he said he was repeatedly assured that no party had taken place. “I apologize unreservedly for the offense he has caused across the country, and I apologize for the impression this gives,” he told the news agency. Reuters.

Johnson said disciplinary action would be taken if the rules were found to have been broken. “But, I repeat… I have been assured on several occasions since these allegations emerged that there was no party and no Covid rules were broken.”

He also pledged to ‘get to work’, accusing the opposition of trying to ‘muddy the waters on events or non-events of a year ago’, according to the Reuters report.

In the video, Johnson’s adviser Ed Oldfield asks Allegra Stratton, then Johnson’s press secretary, “I just saw reports on Twitter that there was a Christmas party in Downing Street on Friday night – acknowledge- you this information?”

Stratton, standing in front of British flags at an official desk in Downing Street, said: “I have gone home. She laughs and smiles then. “Wait. Wait. Um. Uh. Arh. She looks lost for her words and looks up.

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The video sparked outrage across the UK and Johnson faced public fury.

Taking to Twitter, many people mocked the government while some expressed anger that the video was allegedly shot as the country grapples with the pandemic and the loss of loved ones.