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Covid latest news: New Year lockdown ‘certainly possible’ but boosters will buy us time, says Neil Ferguson

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A Tory MP has said the Government is likely to find it “almost impossible” to introduce “very proscriptive” Covid-19 restrictions, after a video emerged showing aides joking about festive celebrations last year.

Sir Charles Walker, MP for Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, was speaking after footage was obtained by ITV News, showing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s then-press secretary Allegra Stratton and adviser Ed Oldfield, along with other aides, laughing about a “fictional” Downing Street party in December 2020.

He told Times Radio: “I think now that, going forward, any measures will be advisory. I think it would be very difficult to enshrine them in law and then once again ask our poor police forces to enforce them.”

He added: “To be very proscriptive about this now, particularly as we’ve had such a successful vaccine rollout… is much more difficult, and was always going to be much more difficult. And the events of the last 24 hours make it probably almost impossible now.”



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