Christmas card mocks Downing Street festive party as criticism of Boris Johnson grows


Silly Sentiments has released the card featuring Allegra Stratton and her comments from leaked footage which shows her laughing about a Downing Street party

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Staff joke about Downing Street Christmas party during lockdown

One company certainly didn’t waste any time in poking fun at the Conservative Party amid growing anger over the Downing Street Christmas party last year.

Silly Sentiments, an online shop that sells funny greeting cards, has released their latest card for the holiday season.

It’s called the ‘Downing Street Allegra Christmas Card’ and has the words “There ain’t no party like a Downing Street Party”, but the words “party” are crossed out with “Business Meeting” written over it.

It also features Allegra Stratton, who quit this week as an advisor to Boris Johnson after footage showed her laughing about a Downing Street party last year.

Silly Sentiments are selling the Christmas cards which feature Allegra Stratton

On the card, she is wearing a Santa hat with a speech bubble that reads “Cheese, wine and no social distancing.”

The card description reads: “Send your tory hating friend this funny downing street Allegra Stratton inspired Christmas party card, because who doesn’t love cheese, wine and no social distancing at Christmas?”

The card pokes fun at the growing anger Downing Street is facing after the Mirror revealed the party on December 18 last year.

At the time, London was in a Tier 3 lockdown but the Government has insisted no rules were broken.

Ms Stratton resigned as an advisor to the Prime Minister after the row broke
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It comes after a clip was leaked to ITV News of a private ‘mock’ press conference four days after the bash.

The then-Press Secretary Ms Stratton shrugged “what’s the answer?” before joking it was “was not socially distanced”. She has since resigned her position and made a tearful apology.

It comes as Mr Johnson has been accused of presiding over a “culture of disregard for the rules” after a picture emerged of him taking part in an online Downing Street quiz flanked by colleagues.

The image, reported by the Sunday Mirror, shows a screen with the Prime Minister sitting in front of a laptop in the No 10 library. One of his colleagues is draped in tinsel.

Downing Street said the Conservative Party leader had “briefly” taken part “virtually” in the quiz on December 15.

Boris Johnson has faced severe criticism over the party, even from his own MPs
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The festive event is said to have taken place only three days before the Christmas party in No 10, which is currently being investigated by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

Deputy party leader Angela Rayner said: “While the rules said that people shouldn’t have Christmas parties at work and Britons across the country were doing the right thing, Boris Johnson was instead happy to preside over a culture of disregard for the rules at the heart of Government.

“Despite repeated denials of parties in Number 10, it now transpires that there were numerous parties, gatherings and the Prime Minister even took part in a festive quiz.

“Boris Johnson really believes it’s one rule for him, another for everyone else. He is a man unfit to lead this country.”

A No 10 spokeswoman said: “This was a virtual quiz.

“Downing Street staff were often required to be in the office to work on the pandemic response so those who were in the office for work may have attended virtually from their desks.

“The Prime Minister briefly took part virtually in a quiz to thank staff for their hard work throughout the year.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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