Lichfield’s MP says clarity over allegations of a party at Number 10 during lockdown was “long overdue”.

10 Downing Street. Picture: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/MOD

Michael Fabricant’s comments come after Boris Johnson told the House of Commons he apologised unreservedly for any offence caused by a clip showing staff joking about the issue.

The Prime Minister said that if a review found any rules had been broken then there would be “disciplinary action for all those involved”.

Lichfield MP Mr Fabricant said he welcomed Mr Johnson’s statement on the issue.

“The question of whether or not there was a party at Number 10 was beginning to overshadow important information on the vaccine programme, let alone the activities of Russia on the Ukraine border where British troops are based.

“Boris has given clarity to these issues and this was long overdue. 

“His apology was, I know, heartfelt –  and I welcome it.”

Michael Fabricant MP

The Prime Minister made his statement ahead of confirmation that the Government’s so-called Plan B for preventing the spread of coronavirus would be brought into play.

It will mean the return of face mask rules as well as work from home guidance.

Covid passports will also be required for access to venues such as nightclubs.

Mr Fabricant said:

“The extension of face mask wearing in most public enclosed venues including theatres and cinemas makes good sense.

“Although it is controversial, I support the use of NHS Covid passes for entry into hot, steamy nightclubs and similar places – frankly, it’s common sense.

“I hope that in the next couple of weeks, we might find that the Omicron variant is less severe than other variants of Covid. With it transmitting twice as fast as the delta variant, if it is weaker, it might spell the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

“But it will take a fortnight or so before we know for sure how dangerous Omicron is compared to the delta and other variants.

“And with evidence that three jabs greatly reduces the likelihood of contracting severe or long-term Covid, I urge everyone over 40 to get their booster as soon as possible.  We have the most extensive vaccine programme in Europe and everyone should get the protection it offers.”

Michael Fabricant MP

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20 Comments

  1. Clarity? I struggle to find clarity in the PM’s statement regarding the… well, perhaps Mr Fabricant can spell out what the PM apologised for, done by whom, and what this inquiry will do? And doesn’t the launching of an inquiry suggest a premise things being unclear?

  2. Wow. Another neck-snapping U-turn from the “Sage of Lichfield”.

    A week ago he wrote, “Labour are trying to make a thing of this – something that might or might not have happened 12 months ago.
    But it does not seem to be gaining any traction outside the Westminster media bubble”.

  3. “Boris has given clarity to these issues and this was long overdue”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    I’m sorry, Mr Fabricant, but do you actually believe this nonsense?

    The Prime Minister’s disastrous performance in PMQs today offers an object lesson in how not to deal with this type of issue; as, indeed, has the government’s pathetic performance over the last week and a half, following on from its pathetic performance in the Owen Paterson case – which you also tried to handwave away.

    It’s possible that the announcement of new COVID restrictions today may finally distract from this story – and I’d like to think, though I’m not entirely convinced, that those new restrictions were introduced out of necessity rather than as a politically expedient distraction. But let’s not pretend that the Prime Minister’s statement on the Christmas party issue offers anything even remotely resembling clarity. This is a story that has the potential to run for months – and it’s clearly really hitting home outside of the Westminster bubble.

    I note that both Tory grandee Sir Roger Gale MP and Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross MSP have openly stated that if the Prime Minister is found to have misled Parliament, then it should be considered a resignation issue. Are you prepared to go on record stating the same, I wonder?

  4. A bit of diversion going on here. Don’t think of Boris and and his lies. Think of the new virus.
    Many of us gave up many things last Christmas. I bet Boris and his cronies didn’t.
    Hope you get your promotion soon Michael.
    Your devotion to Boris is embarrassing.

  5. Blah blah blah… our out of touch MP parroting the Tory party line. Does he not understand that the whole issue of the parties in Westminster is not a distraction for many people. There is genuine anger that at one of the most critical points in the pandemic when the public were being locked down the government were have a jolly old knees up and blatantly ignoring their own advice. Fabricant is asking the public who sacrificed so much to just move on – I don’t think so this time. Johnson was today accusing the opposition of playing politics however they are reflecting the anger of the vast majority of the British public. Wake up Fabricant and stop trying to gaslight your constituents and face the facts that many of us are not going to forgive or forget this and it is not a distraction.

  6. Mr F, I too listened to PMQs this Wednesday. I was neither amused nor impressed. Boris J. did not give an apology for his own conduct, i.e. the pattern of behaviour which led his staff to think what they did last December was OK.

  7. It is dismaying that interviewed Mps have been coached into presenting the party line. The issue here is not Russia or Ukraine but adherence to the law. Deflecting or sidestepping this is dishonest. Yes Mr Fabricant this is you and many of your cohorts who trivialize the physical, mental and financial impact it has had on people’s lives. There are to many career politicians in parliament who put themselves before those they perport to represent. Are there any mirrors in your flat Mr Fabricant?

  8. Honestly, genuinely feel sorry for the clowns who vote for this imbecile and his blue chums. Imagine being that gullible.

  9. Of course I’ll comply with whatever rules, indeed above and beyond, to help prevent infection & protect the NHS. This is despite Johnson & his rotten government, not because of them.

    Dominic Grieve QC says what we are all thinking, “What’s missing at the moment is the willingness of MPs to look in the round at what Johnson is doing, and how he is doing it, and come to the conclusion, which is the conclusion any reasonable person must come to, that this is somebody who cannot be left in office.”

  10. Hi Julian. Yes, the Labour Party has indeed done lots of things in the past. For example:

    Unemployment benefit, statutory sick pay, maternity pay, old age pensions – all in the National Insurance Act of 1946.
    Created the NHS in 1948 (the Tories opposed this, lest we forget).
    Decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967
    Race Relations Acts 1965 & 1976
    Equal Pay Act 1970
    Good Friday Agreement 1998

    Remind me Julian, what have the Tories done for us lately? You are just embarrassing yourself now, sir.

  11. Julian Delrimple-Sykes – The Labour Party has done lots of things: The NHS, minimum wage, Good Friday Agreement, Human Rights Act and a ban on fox hunting.

    Glad to answer your question

  12. @ Julian Delrimple-Sykes, I believe you’ll find that your post would be considered by many an excellent example of whataboutism, ‘a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy, which attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving the argument’.

    Here’s some more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whataboutism

    Your attempt at whataboutism is a particularly fine example since it fails to even pause to present a case for why Labour ‘doing things in the past’ might invalidate the observations that the Prime Minister is a lying incompetent who isn’t fit to hold his high office, and that Mr Fabricant is embarrassing himself and his constituents by unsuccessfully attempting to handwave this fiasco away.

    It’s perhaps a surprise to find me quoting Enoch Powell, but his adage that ‘All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs’ is presently being enthusiastically embraced by a Prime Minister who seems to be on a personal crusade to prove the late Mr Powell right.

  13. Julian Delrimple-Sykes Hi-De-Hi to you…

    Nobody is infallible but the last time I checked, Labour wasn’t in govt when said govt locked us down, stopped families meeting, sometimes for a final goodbye and made it illegal to party & mix outside of ‘bubbles’ then go and do all those things itself, joke about it & continue to laugh and joke and lie about it and expect us to do it all again a year later.

    As regards what Labour has done for ordinary people, see above posts.

    What is your red line?

  14. Q. was there a party?
    A. we don’t know. However, on the balance of what we do know, then yes
    Q. will there be an inquiry?
    A. yes
    Q. Who’s leading the inquiry?
    A. the Cabinet Secretary
    Q. was he at the party?
    A. we don’t know
    Q. is the inquiry fair then?
    A. judge for yourseves
    Q. are the Met looking into the claims?
    A. no insufficient evidence
    Q. how hard did they look for evidence eg. CCTV, or interviewing the Downing Street police officers?
    A we don’t know

    Q. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have an independent inquiry and for say Police Scotland to do it?
    A. yes please

  15. Whilst the Conservatives have their useful idiots, who knows?

    To quote Albert Einstein, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” So the Conservatives may be in power.

    However: “Events, dear boy, events.”

  16. Labour probably won’t be in power because too many people keep making excuses for the tories appalling behaviour, their lies and corruption and as far as I can make out the main reason seems to be ‘what would Labour do’. Well I doubt they could do a worse job than these clowns tbh.

  17. It would be better if the parliamentary majority was less. At the moment there is no moderation in the policies being enacted because of this.
    If Labour and the Liberal parties could convince the electorate that they are stable and reliable that would probably be the outcome. Certainly the swing to the conservatives in the north will change due to yet another manifesto disappointment.

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