Chloe Smith speaks out on alleged No10 Christmas party

Chloe Smith MP. Picture: Eliza Boo Photography

Chloe Smith said it is "vital that those who set the rules, follow the rules." - Credit: Eliza Boo Photography

Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, has spoken out about the alleged Christmas party held at Downing Street in the height of the pandemic. 

The MP said: "I recognise people's indignation, especially considering that everyone was making big sacrifices this time last year and throughout the pandemic."

She added: "My thoughts in particular are with constituents who've lost loved ones to Covid-19.

"I think it is vital that those who set the rules, follow the rules."

It comes after more than a week of controversy over allegations of rule-breaking festivities in Downing Street in the run-up to last Christmas.

The Times reported that around two dozen civil servants were present for the drinks on November 25, 2020.

A Treasury spokesman said: “In line with the guidance at the time, a number of staff came into the office to work on the Spending Review 2020.

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“We have been made aware that a small number of those staff had impromptu drinks around their desks after the event.”

Downing Street confirmed it has cancelled any plans to hold a Christmas party this year.

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