New PM scandal
Boris ‘hosted Christmas quiz’ at Number 10
Boris Johnson is facing new allegations of hosting a quiz (pic: Pippa Crerar on Twitter)
Boris Johnson has been drawn into a new row over festive celebrations after photos emerged showing him hosting a Christmas quiz last year with colleagues at Number 10 in breach of Covid rules.
The Prime Minister is pictured on screen, sitting underneath a portrait of Margaret Thatcher as he read out questions.
A source told the Mirror that staff sat with their computers, while conferring on questions and knocking back fizz, wine and beer from a local Tesco Metro.
An insider told the paper there were four teams, each made up of six people.
The quiz took place on 15 December when London was under Tier 2 regulations banning any social mixing between households. It was three days before a gathering now under investigation.
Official guidance at the time stated: “You must not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted by the rules in your tier.”
Mr Johnson said last week: “I can tell you guidelines were followed at all times. I’ve satisfied myself that the guidelines were followed at all times.”
The Mirror’s source claimed dozens signed up to take part online in the quiz but that at 6.30pm many decided to take part from No10 instead.