If they didn’t break Covid rules last Christmas, Boris Johnson and his then fiancee Carrie did flout the spirit of them.

That was the view of many on Twitter after reading our story that the PM and his wife are facing scrutiny over whether they breached lockdown restrictions.

No10 sources confirmed campaigner and friend Nimco Ali joined the couple in their Downing Street flat in a “childcare bubble”.

Downing Street insisted no rules were broken but the couple’s loose interpretation of official guidance has outraged many who tell their heartbreaking stories of the cost of following those restrictions:

@KarinKMacDee

We didn’t know it would be Mum’s last Christmas. My sister and her family kept away to keep Mum safe. My son obeyed the rules and stayed on the doorstep.

My daughter visited on Christmas afternoon. Hubby and I visited on Boxing Day. What Mum would have loved would have been to have us all together for Christmas.#

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'We're the little people aren't we'

@AberJohnny

My dad died Xmas morning, I never was allowed to see him beforehand. This has got me just a bit peeved.

@meljgoode

I took Christmas dinner over to my dad and delivered it to his door… he ate it alone. It was his last Christmas as we lost him two weeks ago.

@theTallBikeGuy

I was unable to visit my father in the care home for the last ten months of his life. He died of Covid in January.

The Government makes this reader feel sick

@SallyGilman4

I spent one hour in a freezing car park at Ferrybridge services, doing a present handover to my sister and brother-in-law. She cried all the way back to our 84-year-old dad in Derby. I cried all the way home to Newcastle. I despise the PM.

@fragileuk1

I have no words. In remission from leukaemia. I never know if this is my last one but I still managed to follow the rules.

Parents spent Christmas alone

@jayenncee

We planned to spend Christmas as a family as my mum was recovering from cancer and was shielding. We did not because Mum firmly wanted to obey the law. Mum died in April. I am very affected by this news.

@Franklyaghost

Every year for the past 10 or so, we have all said: “Make this a great Christmas, it could be Mum’s last.” Last Christmas, unbeknown to us at the time, was indeed Mum’s last and the first I have never spent with her. Disgust is not even close!

'I cannot express how angry this makes me'

@yoyoleo

My mother died on Xmas Eve just gone of a pulmonary embolism, she was in hospital for a week before this happened, the night before she called me begging to come see her & take her home. I was refused entry to the hospital because of Covid.

@GinelliSaunders

My dad died in February. I have no doubt the isolation he felt played a part. I didn’t see him after mid-Dec, I didn’t get to say goodbye. #borisdoesntcare

'One rule for them, one rule for us'

@couiza

I spent last Christmas on my own. My only relative, my lovely Mum, spent Christmas on her own 200 miles away. Mum died unexpectedly four months ago. It breaks my heart she spent her last Christmas alone. If this is true Johnson MUST GO.

@foodologistgirl

Luckily we’d collected my elderly mum (had a stroke and Dad died the year before) and delivered her to my sister. Then London Tier 4 so we exchange gifts in the cold garden as no one was vaccinated. Did Xmas dinner over Zoom. So angry!

'She died alone'

@sjllilley

Spent Christmas at home not seeing family. First Christmas following my mum’s death. I didn’t see my dad for 19 months, but we obeyed the rules.

@Muzzascot

My partner and I drove for 7 hours on Christmas Day to be with my dad, his last Xmas at home before moving into care in March. Breaking the rules would have been much easier, but we stuck by them because it was the right thing to do.

'I'm so angry words cannot express'

@positiv07652695

We swapped presents with grandparents by putting presents in each other’s car boots while masked. No hugs. No mince pies.

@purpleswimbunny

If this is true, we have a right to be extremely angry. I didn’t relish leaving my mother to spend Christmas alone at 88.

@KatePurton

If this turns out to be true it’s unforgivable, the majority of people sacrificed this precious time with loved ones whilst those that said we should did what they wanted!

'Oh to turn back the clocks'

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@artsmithdrums

My 27-year-old son had to spend Xmas day on his own. If he did this he should be held to account under the law in force at the time.

@EmilyGuest18

When it was announced we couldn’t see family, I was in bits. Hadn’t seen my brother since the summer. I’m Christian and know Xmas is about more and not having the family over was about love, but it hurt my heart.

@IngramGlynis

We saw nobody for Christmas. The Christmas cake for sharing had to be halved and posted. One rule for us; a different one for them.

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