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UK minister apologizes over ‘Partygate’ video — RT World News

A 45-second clip shows revelers dancing and drinking at Conservative Party headquarters during Covid-19 lockdown

Senior British MP Michael Gove apologized to the public on Sunday after what he described was published “bad” Footage shows Conservative Party staff holding a Christmas party during the Covid-19 lockdown in December 2020.

this videoReports published by The Mirror on Saturday showed several Conservative Party staff dancing and drinking while the British public were prevented from socializing indoors due to Covid-19 restrictions. Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has formally acknowledged the two men featured in the video in his recently announced resignation honors list, Reuters reported on Sunday.

“It’s scary,” Gove, the minister responsible for housing and “upgrading”, told Sky News on Sunday. “I don’t think it’s normal at all. I just want to really apologize to everyone.”

The clip also shows revelers dancing next to signs that read “Please keep your distance”. One can be heard asking the photographer, “Are you filming this?” Another said: “As long as we don’t stream, it’s like we’re breaking the rules.”

Boris Johnson resigns from UK parliament

The release of the video clip follows a ruling by a British parliamentary committee on Thursday that found Johnson had deliberately misled an investigation into parties held at his offices during the lockdown.

The former British leader is also “Participating in abuse and intimidation attempts” Targeting parliamentary investigators, the report found.Johnson dismissed the report, saying “a lie” and a “Anagram game.” The “Partygate” scandal led to Johnson’s ouster as UK prime minister and remains a dark cloud over Rishi Sunak’s leadership.

Johnson resigned as an MP on June 9, just days after the Privileges Committee ruled on his involvement in a social gathering in Westminster that defied the lockdown.

The “Partygate” scandal has led to a serious downturn in the support of the British Conservative Party. Recent opinion polls show the opposition Labor Party now has an advantage of about 20 percentage points – and a general election needs to be called by the end of next year at the latest.

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