ITV Video Responding to the ITV video which shows Downing Street staff laughing last year about a Christmas party being held, Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner for Cities of London and Westminster, Edward Lucas said:

“Nickie Aiken, our Conservative MP in Cities of London and Westminster, must condemn Boris Johnson's behaviour and apologise on behalf of her party.

"Boris Johnson's Conservatives are taking this country for fools. People here, many of us living on Downing Street’s doorstep, will see right through his poor excuses and evasive answers.

“We spent our Christmas and New Year holidays away from loved ones.

Too many of us — including my family — lost loved ones to this awful virus. And because of the government’s rules, many of us were not able to say farewell or mourn properly."

"At a time of great sacrifice it is disgraceful to think that people in Downing Street were holding a Christmas party — and, worse, laughing about it"

"Enough is enough. We need an independent inquiry led by a neutral civil servant into government rule breaking during the pandemic; from Barnard Castle to this latest episode.

"It cannot be one rule for them and another for the rest of us"