RESPONDING to the video showing senior Number 10 figures laughing about last year’s Downing Street Christmas Party, Hackney Labour’s health lead, Cllr Chris Kennedy, said:

“In 2020, we lost 303 friends, family members and neighbours to coronavirus in Hackney. Many local people lost loved ones and never got to say goodbye. I have heard first-hand stories from nurses at Homerton Hospital of people saying their goodbyes to their family members over Zoom on an iPad.

“The whole borough missed special moments and gave up on a family Christmas.

Cllr Chris Kennedy

“Like many other residents, I wished my mum a Happy Christmas on a screen, not in person ─ the people of Hackney followed the rules, while Boris Johnson’s Downing Street failed to. What’s worse, they laughed about it and then they lied about it.

“They are laughing at every single person in Hackney who did their best to get through the pandemic, and are now lying to our faces. It’s one rule for them, another for everyone else.”



  • More Downing Street gatherings being investigated:

18 Dec – Downing Street xmas party
10 Dec – Gavin Williamson’s staff party
Unknown date in Dec – festive No 10 quiz
27 Nov – No 10 leaving do
13 Nov – Boris & Carrie flat party


  • Tory Gavin Williamson hosted party as millions of Brits faced Christmas Covid ban misery


  • How The Mirror and ITV News uncovered the political story of the year:

8 December 2021


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