Shoppers in Liverpool today told the ECHO of their 'disgust' over the allegations there was allegedly a party in Downing Street during lockdown.

A Mirror exclusive claimed Downing Street staff broke their own covid rules by attending parties at Number 10 in the run-up to last Christmas.

Just days before Christmas, while London was in Tier 3 restrictions, members of Boris Johnson's top team allegedly held their own festive bash in Downing Street.

A leaked recording passed to ITV later showed Downing Street staff cracking jokes about the alleged rule-breaking party and the Prime Minister's former spokeswoman Allegra Stratton saying there was "definitely no social distancing."

READ MORE:Prime Minister 'furious' about footage but denies Christmas party

Shoppers in Liverpool City Centre today told the ECHO the allegations showed the government think there's "one rule for them and another for us."

Shoppers in Liverpool city centre.(Pic Andrew Teebay).
Shoppers said they expect this "stupidity" from the government

John told the ECHO : "I was quite disgusted to be truthful with you. There's one rule for them and another for us. I think that's the general consensus.

"I think any politician when backed into a corner will deny, deny, deny, but it just seems this government is more prone to these kinds of gaffs.

"And it's not just a gaff — it's just pure stupidity."

Dee said: "I think it's shocking. I think so many people put their lives and plans on hold because we were told to, but the fact they didn't is just awful."

Susan said she was appalled by the behaviour of the government, as she didn't see her grandson for a year because she was abiding by the social restrictions in place.

She later added: "I don't expect anything else from them anymore" when asked if she was surprised by the government's continual denial of the party.

Jack nearly died from covid in February 2021 and is still suffering from the effects of it now as he struggles for breath.

He told the ECHO again that it's one rule for them and another for us.

He added: "It's never a good way of doing things. If you're going to do it, then it should be a broad sweep or not at all."

Jack pointed out that many people may have not abided to the rules throughout all the lockdowns, but the government should have "followed everything to the point."

Boris Johnson is reported to be considering a new set of covid restrictions including orders to work from home and the introduction of vaccine passports in response to a rise in Omicron cases.

Today Allegra Stratton offered her resignation and made a statement in which she said: ”I understand the anger and frustration that people feel.

“To all of you who lost loved ones, endured intolerable loneliness and struggled with your business - I am sorry and this afternoon I have offered my resignation to the prime minister.”

She added: “My remarks seemed to make light of rules, rules that people were doing everything to obey. That was never my intention.”

Mr Johnson also apologised "unreservedly" in today's Prime Minister's Questions about the conduct of the staff, adding he was "furious."

But Mr Johnson insisted he has been repeatedly assured "there was no party and that no covid rules were broken."

Mr Johnson was later questioned about his capacity to lead following the allegations by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

Mr Johnson added he had asked Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to investigate the claims and would publish the reports.

Downing Street sources have insisted "no decisions have been made" but there is widespread speculation that further measures could be imminent.

In relation to the Christmas party allegations, Mr Johnson said earlier today: "I understand and share the anger up and down the country at seeing No 10 staff seeming to make light of lockdown measures, and I can understand how infuriating it must be to think that people who have been setting the rules have not been following the rules because I was also furious to see that clip.

"I apologise unreservedly for the offence that it has caused up and down the country and I apologise for the impression that it gives.

"But I repeat that I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken, and that is what I have been repeatedly assured."

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