No 10 denies Boris and Carrie Johnson broke lockdown rules by having friend stay at Christmas

Asia's Tech News Daily

(Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Downing Street has denied Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie broke lockdown rules to have a close friend stay over during the Christmas period as coronavirus infections surged.

According to reports, the political campaigner and government adviser Nimco Ali spent time with the Johnsons in No 10 over the festive break.

Just days before the planned relaxation of Covid rules for Christmas in 2020, the prime minister imposed Tier 4 restrictions across London and vast swathes of south-east England, forcing millions to cancel their plans.

In response to increasing infection rates and a new strain of the virus, the mixing of households indoors was banned, socialising outside was restricted to one other person, and non-essential businesses were forced to close their doors.

Certain exemptions were in place for those in bubbles who needed to travel for education or childcare purposes, while those living on their own were able to pair up with another household.

Raising questions for the prime minister, however, the US magazine Harper’s reported that Ms Ali, who was given an official advisory role at the Home Office in December 2020, “spent Christmas with the couple at No 10 despite pandemic restrictions on holiday gatherings”.

But a No 10 spokesperson told The Independent: “The prime minister and Mrs Johnson have followed coronavirus rules at all times. It is totally untrue to suggest otherwise.”

A separate spokesperson for Ms Johnson’s issued a near identical statement, saying: “The PM and Mrs Johnson have followed coronavirus rules at all times. It is totally untrue to suggest otherwise.”

Downing Street has not specifically denied Ms Ali spent the holiday with the Johnsons and their young son, though it is not clear whether the campaigner fell into one of the exemptions from restrictions.

Responding to the reports on social media, Ms Ali said she had received racist abuse since “untrue story” first appeared, adding: “No I did not break any rules but you knew that and just wanted a reason to tweet hate”.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

PlushBeds has cut up to $1,250 off its luxury organic mattresses for Cyber Monday - plus you get $549 of free bedding

It’s Cyber Monday and there’s a whopping $1,250 off PlushBeds mattresses today – plus you get up to $549-worth of free bedding with every mattress. That drops the price of ... Read more »

Thor: Love and Thunder: cast, release date, plot and what we know so far

Thor’s come a long way since he was banished to Earth in the original Kenneth Branagh-directed movie, way back in 2011. One of the founder members of the Avengers, the ... Read more »

Twitter CEO Dorsey 'to step down'

Twitter Inc Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey will step down from his role and a successor has been lined up, a person familiar with the matter has told Reuters. The ... Read more »

Why people in some parts of England pay far more than others to heat their homes

Bradford has less energy efficient homes than equivalent towns in southern England. Rodney Hutchinson / shutterstock The energy used to heat and light our homes doesn’t get as much attention ... Read more »

Asda charters cargo ship and buys extra turkeys ahead of bumper Christmas

Asda has chartered its own cargo ship, and increased its stock of turkeys and other festive food compared with last year, in an effort to avoid disruption to customers’ Christmas ... Read more »

Twitter shares spike 9% following report chief executive Jack Dorsey to step down

Jack Dorsey, 45, who co-founded the company in 2006, is expected to step down from his role at the company according to a report at CNBC citing sources. Read more »

Apple may announce its first AR headset in 2022: Report

With 2021 drawing to a close, rumours and guesses about what the tech companies have in store for the next year have started their fair share of rounds again. Tech ... Read more »

Reliance Industries shares jump after Jio tariff hike announcement

Shares of Reliance Industries Limited on Monday gained over 1 per cent after its telecom arm Jio announced an up to 21 per cent hike in prepaid tariffs from next ... Read more »

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey set to step down – reports

Jack Dorsey is expected to step down as the boss of social media giant Twitter, according to reports. Mr Dorsey is currently both the chief executive of Twitter, which he ... Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ display size and camera details leaked

Samsung Galaxy S22 series is rumoured to launch in February next year. The lineup is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S21 series that was launched by the company in ... Read more »

Under $250: Samsung Galaxy smartphones are on mega-sale during Cyber Monday 2021

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Samsung makes plenty of great smartphones: There’s the flip phone–style Galaxy ... Read more »

US-China tech war: China's efforts to catch up in advanced chips on hold as country's attention turns to mature nodes

China has been forced to make a course correction in its drive for semiconductor self-reliance, focusing instead on boosting production of mature technologies while putting the goal of catching up ... Read more »

All UK adults offered Covid booster vaccine - just three months after their second dose

Britain’s Covid-19 booster programme has been expanded to include all over-18s in an effort to protect against the new Omicron variant. Third doses will also be fast tracked with the ... Read more »

You've just been accepted into a startup accelerator — now what?

Almost every startup has flirted with the idea of joining an accelerator program. When done right, they can be an invaluable opportunity to learn from experts, get feedback on your ... Read more »

COVID-19: 'It's not all doom and gloom at this stage' - Deputy Chief Medical Officer on Omicron strain - video

Professor Van-Tam said the uncertainties around Omicron strain are transmissibility and severity of disease, adding that there are "far more things we don't know yet than things we do know". Read more »

Government sells Central Electronics to Nandal Finance and Leasing for Rs 210 cr

The government on Monday approved sale of Central Electronics Ltd to Nandal Finance and Leasing for Rs 210 crore. This is the second strategic stake sale by the government after ... Read more »

Mobile app 'Call Your Cop' launched in Nagaland

Nagaland Police on Monday launched a mobile application for facilitating the users to get in touch with the law enforcers anywhere in the state. Launching the mobile app, ‘Call your ... Read more »

European operators want tech firms to help fund 5G and fibre rollouts

Several of Europe’s largest telecommunications firms have called for large technology companies to contribute to the cost of rolling out fibre and 5G across the continent, arguing that the current ... Read more »

Chinese province to track journalists, foreign students with surveillance system: Report

Security officials in one of China‘s largest provinces have commissioned a surveillance system they say they want to use to track journalists and international students among other “suspicious people”, documents ... Read more »

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to step down: Source

Twitter Inc Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey will step down from his role, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.Dorsey and Twitter’s board have settled on his successor, the ... Read more »

Russia says Twitter mobile slowdown to remain until all banned content is removed

Russia will continue slowing down the speed of Twitter on mobile devices until all content deemed illegal is deleted, state communications regulator Roskomnadzor told Reuters, as Moscow continues to make ... Read more »

Tech firm Celonis to hire 1,000 people in India

Process mining technology company Celonis on Monday said it will invest USD 100 million (about Rs 750 crore) in India and hire 1,000 people over the next two years to ... Read more »

Man in UK becomes first to get 3D-printed eyeball

A middle-aged man in the UK has become the first in the world to have a 3D-printed eye fitted as part of a trial, media reports said.Doctors at Moorfields Eye ... Read more »

Save big on TVs at Amazon's Cyber Monday sale with deals on Samsung, TCL, LG and more

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Looking to save on a new TV ahead of the holidays? ... Read more »

Dyson Cyber Monday deals are epic: Save hundreds on Dyson vacuums with these killer sales

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Cyber Monday 2021 deals are finally here, and now is the ... Read more »

GoPro Hero 8 Black plummets to record-low price in Cyber Monday Lightning deal

The Cyber Monday GoPro deals have unexpectedly produced the best action cam deal of the whole Black Friday weekend – a new Lightning Deal takes the GoPro Hero 8 Black ... Read more »

Microsoft accused of using Windows to push Onedrive ahead of rivals

A coalition of software and cloud companies has filed a complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Microsoft’s anti-competitive behavior of bundling its OneDrive cloud storage, Teams, and other services ... Read more »

This new USB flash drive self-destructs on command

Technodynamika, a subsidiary of Russian high-tech conglomerate Rostec, is reportedly prototyping a USB flash drive that looks like a standard USB thumb drive, but encases a built-in detonator that can ... Read more »

Apple might still be working on AirPower - and that's just the beginning

You’d be forgiven for forgetting about AirPower – a wireless charging mat that Apple announced alongside the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X – which happened to be ... Read more »

Chemist and MLK Jr. Scholar Robert Gilliard explores new frontiers in synthetic chemistry

MIT visiting scholar motivated foundational science at the edges of the periodic table. Read more »

South Korea will use VR to determine if the elderly can keep driving

The Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) is pushing for the implementation of conditional licenses for elderly drivers by 2025, reports. That in and of itself is, well… boring. But the ... Read more »

Edinburgh Christmas Market 2021: 5 of the best food and drink stalls at Edinburgh Christmas Market 2021

© Edinburgh Christmas Market stretches across much of central Edinburgh, with its usual spot on East P… Braving the chilly Edinburgh evenings to explore the Christmas Market in the Scottish ... Read more »

Nicola Sturgeon announces £20-a-week payment for Scotland's poorest families

© PA Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon – PA A payment aimed at helped low-income families in Scotland will be doubled to £20-a-week from next year, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. ... Read more »

Reliance Jio preparing a Jio TV and a Jio Tablet for the Indian market, to be released by 2022

Reliance Jio recently partnered with Google to launch the JioPhone Next to offer a budget smartphone in the Indian market. According to a report by GizChina, the telecom giant is ... Read more »

Shop the 27 best gifts for dad on sale for Cyber Monday 2021

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Shopping for the best gift for dad is easier said than ... Read more »

You can get an AncestryDNA kit for less than $50 during Cyber Monday

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Looking for a holiday gift that keeps on giving? Pick up ... Read more »

EU considering virtual summit on COVID situation this week or next, official says

FILE PHOTO: Flags flutter outside EU Commission in Brussels BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders are considering a video conference on the COVID-19 situation at the end of this week ... Read more »

'Not the best approach!' Boris warned tourism to suffer from 'safety first' plans

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled new travel plans for the UK due to the latest Covid variant Omicron’s identification on UK soil. First cases of the mutated virus Omicron have ... Read more »

Keir Starmer launches bizarre Labour reshuffle midway through speech of his own deputy

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner appeared blindsided at an Institute for Government when questioned about the reshuffle after she gave a speech on ‘Tory sleaze’. (Getty Images) Keir Starmer unexpectedly ... Read more »

Ulta Cyber Monday is here—save big on makeup, skincare and more

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Ring in the holiday season with fun and festive beauty deals ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic