Downing Street party: Chichester MP Gillian Keegan issues statement after questions asked

A spokesperson for MP Gillian Keegan has said she did not attend a Christmas party at the Department for Education last year, while mixing households was banned.

After it was alleged that No.10 Downing Street hosted a Christmas party on December 18, breaching Covid rules at the time, Observer readers have raised questions about whether Mrs Keegan attended any of the events, in particular an event held by the Department for Education on December 10.

A spokesperson from Gillian’s office confirmed: “Gillian did not attend, that evening she met with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Chichester.”

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They went on to explain her whereabouts at the time of the alleged December 18 party stating that she spent the day at her home in Petworth doing online seminars and virtual meetings.

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In the evening she attended Chichester Cathedral Carol Service which was socially distanced.

It has now been announced that three alleged gatherings are to be investigated for rule breaches: At Downing Street on November 27 and December 18 — and at the Department for Education (DfE) on December 10.

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