Allegra Stratton gives tearful statement as she quits over leaked Christmas video – but Twitter is divided

Number 10 advisor Allegra Stratton gave a tearful resignation statement after she was seen in a video making a joke about a lockdown Christmas party – and people on Twitter are divided.

“I tried to do right by you all, to behave with civility and decency and act to the high standards you expect of Number 10,” Allegra said.

“I understand the anger and frustration that people feel; to all of you who lost loved ones, who endured intolerable loneliness and who struggled with your businesses – I am truly sorry,” she continued before adding that she was offering her resignation to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Despite this, some people on Twitter believe that Stratton was being made a scapegoat, and wondered why Johnson didn’t resign instead.

Others didn’t seem to believe Stratton’s apology, with some saying her sorrow was an example of crocodile tears:

Footage had emerged of Stratton, who was the press secretary at the time, joking with fellow Downing Street staff about a Christmas party. This was just days after Number 10’s alleged festive party in December 2020.

In a report from The Mirror last week, claims were made that Johnson had given a speech at a leaving celebration for a top aide – which was said to have been attended by dozens of colleagues – while London was in the midst of a tier 3 lockdown and socialising wasn’t permitted.

Johnson has apologised for the incident and has requested an investigation into the claims. He also told MPs he was “furious” about the video appearing to show aides laughing.

Johnson had repeatedly insisted that the rules in Downing Street were followed since the claims first emerged. But at the Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, he said he based that stance on the assurance from junior staff.

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